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Significance and Use
The pH values of the extracts give an indication of the acidity or alkalinity of the fiber and its water-soluble impurities. These values are useful in indicating previous processing and in anticipating subsequent performance. For particular purposes, the pH of an extract prepared by one method may be a more informative index than another and as a consequence four optional extraction procedures are included.
This test method is not recommended for acceptance testing because the between-laboratory precision is relatively poor. In some cases, the purchaser and the seller may have to test a commercial shipment of one or more specific materials by the best available method, even though the method has not been recommended for acceptance testing of commercial shipments. In such a case, if there is disagreement arising from differences in values reported by the purchaser and the seller when using this method for acceptance testing, the statistical bias, if any, between the laboratory of the purchaser and the laboratory of the seller should be determined, with each comparison being based on testing specimens randomly drawn from one sample of material of the type being evaluated.
1.1 This test method covers the determination of the pH of aqueous extracts from wool and similar animal fibers. It is applicable to fibers in any condition
1.2 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. For specific precautionary statements, see Section 11.
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
D2525 Practice for Sampling Wool for Moisture
D4845 Terminology Relating to Wool
E70 Test Method for pH of Aqueous Solutions With the Glass Electrode
ICS Number Code 59.060.10 (Natural fibres)
UNSPSC Code 11151508(Wool fibers)