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1.1 This test method covers the determination of resistance to the formation of pills and other related surface changes on textile fabrics under light pressure. The method utilizes the Martindale tester. The procedure is generally applicable to all types of fabrics, being particularly suitable for woven fabrics.
1.2 This method is not suitable for fabrics thicker than 3 mm ( 1/8 in.), since such fabrics cannot be mounted in the specimen holder.
1.3 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard; the values in SI units are provided as information only.
1.4 This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. See Note 2 and Note A1.1Note 1-For other methods of testing the pilling resistance of textiles, refer to the following ASTM methods: Test Method
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles
D2514 Discontinued 1977; Tolerances for Fabrics Woven from All-Cotton or from Cotton Man-Made Fiber Blends
D3511 Test Method for Pilling Resistance and Other Related Surface Changes of Textile Fabrics: Brush Pilling Tester
D3512 Test Method for Pilling Resistance and Other Related Surface Changes of Textile Fabrics: Random Tumble Pilling Tester
D4850 Terminology Relating to Fabrics and Fabric Test Methods
D7018 Terminology Relating to Glass Fiber and Its Products
ICS Number Code 59.080.30 (Textile fabr)
UNSPSC Code 11161800(Synthetic fabrics); 41114718(Textile pilling degree tester)
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ASTM D4970-99, Standard Test Method for Pilling Resistance and Other Related Surface Changes of Textiles Fabrics (Martindale Pressure Tester Method), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 1999, www.astm.orgBack to Top