ASTM D5867 - 12e1

    Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Physical Properties of Raw Cotton by Cotton Classification Instruments

    Active Standard ASTM D5867 | Developed by Subcommittee: D13.11

    Book of Standards Volume: 07.02

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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This test method is accepted for testing of bales of raw cotton in commercial shipments.

    4.2 This test method describes acceptable practices for testing of raw cotton using cotton classification instruments that are capable of testing the fiber properties of micronaire reading, length, uniformity index, strength, Rd (color), +b (color), percent area (trash) and particle count (trash).

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the measurement of color, trash content, micronaire, upper half mean length (length), uniformity index and breaking tenacity (strength) of raw cotton for cotton marketing using a cotton classification instrument.

    1.2 This test method is applicable to Upland and Extra Long Staple (ELS) raw cotton.

    1.3 This test method is applicable to roller and saw ginned raw cottons.

    1.4 This test method contains the following sections.





    Trash Content


    Micronaire Reading


    Upper Half Mean Length (Length) and Uniformity Index


    Breaking Tenacity (Strength)


    1.5 The values stated in both inch-pound and SI units are to be regarded separately as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.6 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

    D1441 Practice for Sampling Cotton Fibers for Testing

    D1445 Test Method for Breaking Strength and Elongation of Cotton Fibers (Flat Bundle Method)

    D1447 Test Method for Length and Length Uniformity of Cotton Fibers by Photoelectric Measurement

    D1448 Test Method for Micronaire Reading of Cotton Fibers

    D1776 Practice for Conditioning and Testing Textiles

    D2253 Test Method for Color of Raw Cotton Using the Nickerson-Hunter Cotton Colorimeter

    D2495 Test Method for Moisture in Cotton by Oven-Drying

    D2812 Test Method for Non-Lint Content of Cotton

    D3025 Practice for Standardizing Cotton Fiber Test Results by Use of Calibration Cotton Standards

    D4848 Terminology Related to Force, Deformation and Related Properties of Textiles

    D7139 Terminology for Cotton Fibers

    E177 Practice for Use of the Terms Precision and Bias in ASTM Test Methods

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 59.060.10 (Natural fibres)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 11151507(Cotton fibers)

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/D5867-12E01

    Citation Format

    ASTM D5867-12e1, Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Physical Properties of Raw Cotton by Cotton Classification Instruments, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012,

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