Hohenstein has completed the development of its new method for analyzing microfiber shedding from textiles. Using dynamic image analysis, the method quantifies shedding behavior and reveals previously unattainable data with practical implications for material development throughout the supply chain.
The new method is the result of four years of research at Hohenstein, published in an article by lead researcher Jasmin Haap. The research team developed, refined and validated an analytical method that goes beyond current approaches of measuring the shedded mass to quantify fiber count, length, diameter and shape.
Further analysis can reveal the distribution of these attributes and even generate separate results for cellulosic fibers (cotton) and non-cellulosic fibers (polyester).
With this level of detail, researchers can now quantify in more detail which types of fiber and material constructions contribute most to microfiber release, leading to informed decisions in development of more sustainable textiles that shed less.