ASTM D1770 - 94(2012)e1

    Standard Test Method for Neps, Vegetable Matter, and Colored Fiber in Wool Top

    Active Standard ASTM D1770 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.13

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.01


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    Significance and Use

    Test Method D1770 for the determination of neps, vegetable matter, and colored fiber may be used for the acceptance testing of commercial shipments of wool top but caution is advised because the between-laboratory precision is known to be poor. Comparative tests as directed in 5.1.1 may be advisable.

    In case of a dispute arising from differences in reported test results when using Test Method D1770 for acceptance testing of commercial shipments, the purchaser and the supplier should conduct comparative tests to determine if there is a statistical bias between their laboratories. Competent statistical assistance is recommended for the investigation of bias. As a minimum, the two parties should take a group of test specimens that are as homogeneous as possible and that are from a lot of material of the type in question. The test specimens should then be randomly assigned in equal numbers to each laboratory for testing. The average results from the two laboratories should be compared using Student's t-test for unpaired data and an acceptable probability level chosen by the two parties before the testing is begun. If a bias is found, either its cause must be found and corrected or the purchaser and the supplier must agree to interpret future test results in the light of the known bias.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of the number of neps and pieces of vegetable matter by size classes, and the number of colored fibers, in 15 g samples of wool top.

    1.2 This test method is applicable to wool top in any form.

    Note 1—For the determination of number of neps per specified mass of cotton samples, refer to Test Method D1446.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, 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.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D123 Terminology Relating to Textiles

    D1446 Method of Test for Number of Neps in Cotton Samples

    D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles

    D4845 Terminology Relating to Wool


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.060.10 (Natural fibres)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11151508(Wool fibers)


    DOI: 10.1520/D1770-94R12E01

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