ASTM D6612 - 00(2011)

    Standard Test Method for Yarn Number and Yarn Number Variability Using Automated Tester

    Active Standard ASTM D6612 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.58

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.02


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    Significance and Use

    Test Method D6612 for yarn number and yarn number variability is satisfactory for acceptance of commercial shipments and is used in the trade.

    If there are differences of practical significance between the reported test results for two or more laboratories, comparative tests should be performed by those laboratories to determine if there is a statistical bias between them, using competent statistical assistance. As a minimum, samples used for each comparative tests should be as homogeneous as possible, drawn from the same lot of material as the samples that results in disparate results during initial testing, and randomly assigned in equal numbers to each laboratory. Other fabrics with established tests values are used for this purpose. The test results from the laboratories involved should be compared appropriate statistical analysis and a probability level chosen by the two parties before testing begins, 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 adjusted in consideration of the known bias.

    The average results from the two laboratories should be compared using appropriate statistical analysis and a 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 with consideration to the known bias.

    Test Method D6612 also is used for the quality control of filament yarns.

    Indices of Variability:

    Coefficient of Variation%CV is a standard statistical calculation and is the most common index of yarn unevenness. For most textile applications in the 80330 dtex (70300 denier) range, a 1.01.3 %CV is adequate. %CV of yarns coarser than 666 dtex (600 denier) is not routine and usually not meaningful. %CV is less discriminating that %DS.

    Bad/Good Test%BGT, which will normally be up to 20 % greater than %DS value, emphasizes the greatest spread in the entire length tested, (%DS is an average). If the value is greater than 50 % of the %DS, it suggests that there is a process that needs to be investigated.

    Density Spread%DS is equivalent to the Uster % unevenness (Test Method D1425) and is an indication of short-term variability. Yarns with extreme values are more likely to cause trouble in subsequent yarn processes, which makes this perhaps the most useful index. The minimum achievable and maximum tolerance spread for a yarn product will depend on the yarn manufacturing process and end use. A spread of 34 % generally is, for most textile applications, in the range of 160550 dtex (150 to 500 deniers). More critical applications, such as those using finer yarns, may require lower values.

    Density Frequency VariabilityDFV is an index of spacing variability, whereas the others are indices of magnitude or unevenness. Frequency variability can induce resonance in high-speed processing and is a common source of barre, dye streaks, or patterned unevenness in fabrics.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of yarn number up to 4000 dtex (3600 denier) and related variability properties of filament and spun yarns using an automated tester with capability for measuring mass variability characteristics.

    1.2 Yarn number variability properties include percent density spread (%DS), coefficient of variation (%CV), density frequency variation.

    Note 1—For determination of yarn number by use of reel and balance, refer to Test Method D1907. For another method of measuring variability (unevenness) in yarn, refer to Test Method D1425.

    1.3 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. Within the text, the inch-pound units are in parentheses. The values stated in each system are not exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in inaccuracies of results.

    1.4 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

    D1425 Test Method for Unevenness of Textile Strands Using Capacitance Testing Equipment

    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

    D4849 Terminology Related to Yarns and Fibers


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.080.20 (Yarns)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/D6612-00R11

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    Citation Format

    ASTM D6612-00(2011), Standard Test Method for Yarn Number and Yarn Number Variability Using Automated Tester, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2011, www.astm.org

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