ASTM D3108 / D3108M - 13

    Standard Test Method for Coefficient of Friction, Yarn to Solid Material

    Active Standard ASTM D3108 / D3108M | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.58

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.01


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Test Method D3108 for the determination of kinetic friction between yarn and solid materials may be used for the acceptance testing of commercial shipments of yarn, but caution is advised since between laboratory precision is known to be poor. Comparative tests as directed in 5.1.1 may be advisable.

    5.1.1 If there are differences or practical significance between reported test results for two laboratories (or more), comparative tests should be performed to determine if there is a statistical bias between them, using competent statistical assistance. As a minimum, test samples that are as homogenous as possible, drawn from the material from which the disparate test results were obtained, and randomly assigned in equal numbers to each laboratory for testing. The test results from the two laboratories should be compared using a statistical test for unpaired data, at a probability level chosen prior to the testing series. If a bias is found, either its cause must be found and corrected, or future test results for that material must be adjusted in consideration of the known bias.

    5.2 The frictional properties of textile yarns and of machinery components such as yarn guides are of general interest and have many applications. Because the frictional properties of yarns will affect the performance and life of yarn guides, sewing and knitting needles, and other contact surfaces, the modifying effects of surface finishes and lubricants are of special interest. Frictional properties also affect the quality and performance properties of yarns and subsequently of products made from them. As a consequence, frictional properties are of interest in research, control, and product design.

    5.3 It is stressed that there is no coefficient of friction for a single body such as a yarn or a surface. A coefficient of friction measures the interaction between two bodies or elements such as a yarn running over a surface.

    5.4 Although this method lays down standardized conditions of test, nonstandard conditions may be used for research or diagnosis but should be reported as such.

    5.5 This method covers determination of the mean friction over a specified length of yarn.

    5.6 Additional information has been reported in the literature.3,4,5

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of the kinetic frictional properties of a moving yarn in contact with a solid material.

    Note 1For determining yarn-to-yarn friction, refer to Test Method D3412.

    1.2 This test method specifies a relative speed of 100 m/min. The test method may be used at other speeds, although with a possible change in precision and coefficient of friction.

    1.3 This test method covers the measurement of the coefficient of kinetic friction between yarn and solid surface or surfaces of constant radius in the contact area. If a yarn of uniform value is used, comparisons of frictional properties of different solid materials can be made with relation to that yarn. If a given solid material is used, comparisons of frictional properties of different yarns, or yarns with different finishes, can be made with relation to that particular solid material.

    1.4 This test method specifically recommends wrap angles of 1.57, 3.14 and 6.28 radian (90, 180 and 360°), but other wrap angles may be used, again with a possible change in precision and level. The angle of wrap should not be so great, especially for yarns having high coefficients of friction, that it causes the output tension to exceed the yield value for the yarn being tested. Also, in every case the angle of wrap should not be less than 1.57 rad (90°).

    1.5 This test method has been applied to yarns having linear densities ranging between 1.5 and 400 tex [14 and 3600 denier] and having coefficients of friction ranging between 0.1 and 1.0 but may also be used with yarns outside these ranges of linear densities and coefficients of friction.

    1.6 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.7 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. Specific precautionary statements are given in Section 7.


    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

    D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles

    D1907 Test Method for Linear Density of Yarn (Yarn Number) by the Skein Method

    D2258 Practice for Sampling Yarn for Testing

    D3412 Test Method for Coefficient of Friction, Yarn to Yarn

    D4849 Terminology Related to Yarns and Fibers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.20 (Yarns)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11151700(Yarns)


    DOI: 10.1520/D3108_D3108M

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