Volume 26, Issue 1 (January 1981)
Using Small-Angle Light Scattering to Discriminate Among Single Fibers Subjected to Consumer-Like Uses
Small-angle light scattering (SALS) patterns and scanning electron photomicrographs (SEM) of single fibers were recorded for five different types of polyester fibers when new as well as after being laundered by either of two different methods or after being exposed to outdoor weather. SALS was a sensitive tool for discriminating among the fiber types when new as well as after each of the three treatments. In addition, SALS was able to discriminate among fibers from the same yarn bobbin in each of the four different conditions examined. SALS was more sensitive in detecting some types of physical changes than was SEM.