Staple fibres are fibres with the necessary length and properties so that, through a spinning process, a yarn can be formed. With the new instrument, length and tensile properties are better assessed. The research leader is Nawar Kadi, Professor of Textile Technology.
"It is important to assess their quality and the ability to spin with them, especially for cellulose fibres. It is also important to be able to assess the decomposition of fibres during a mechanical recovery process,” Nawar Kadi says.
He tells us that at present, the fibre measurements are manually done with tweezers, rulers, good eyes and a lot of patience. And sometimes it's impossible.
"Fibre lengths vary a lot and many samples are required to create statistically reliable data. With the new instrument 'Fibrotest', the data become reliable. The instrument will also be used for educational purposes."
The instrument has been partly funded by Sparbanksstiftelsen Sjuhärad.
The contribution is awarded on Days of Knowledge on 11 December. Read more about the event
Nawar Kadi was installed as a professor at the university on 4 May, watch the veideo from before the installationn (Link to HB Play)
Nawar Kadis research profile