ASTM E2228 - 10

    Standard Guide for Microscopic Examination of Textile Fibers

    Active Standard ASTM E2228 | Developed by Subcommittee: E30.01

    Book of Standards Volume: 14.02


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    Significance and Use

    Microscopical examination is one of the least destructive means of determining rapid and accurate microscopic characteristics and generic polymer type of textile fibers. Additionally, a point-by-point, side-by-side microscopic comparison provides the most discriminating method of determining if two or more fibers are consistent with originating from the same source. This guideline requires specific pieces of instrumentation outlined herein.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This section describes guidelines for microscopical examinations employed in forensic fiber characterization, identification, and comparison. Several types of light microscopes are used, including, stereobinocular, polarized light, comparison, fluorescence, and interference. In certain instances, the scanning electron microscope may yield additional information. Select which test(s) or techniques to use based upon the nature and extent of the fiber evidence.

    1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.


    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

    D276 Test Methods for Identification of Fibers in Textiles

    AATCC Standards

    AATCCTestMethod20:Qu Test Method 20-2007 Fiber Analysis: Qualitative


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 37.020 (Optical equipment)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/E2228-10

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    Citation Format

    ASTM E2228-10, Standard Guide for Microscopic Examination of Textile Fibers, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.org

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