Automated Method For Fiber Length Measurement

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Title: Automated Method For Fiber Length Measurement
Author: Tompkins, Michael
Advisors: Dr. Jon Rust, Committee Co-Chair
Dr. M.K. Ramasubramanian, Committee Co-Chair
Dr. Jeffrey Joines, Committee Member
Dr. Gregory Buckner, Committee Member
Abstract: The price of cotton is dictated by quality and the most significant factor of contributing to the fiber quality is the length distribution of the fibers contained within the population. Therefore it is of importance to accurately and repeatably measure the length of fibers within a population so that it is graded properly. Current methods are inadequate and thus prior work focused on designing a machine to directly measure individual cotton fibers using digital imaging. The current work begins with the evaluation of the effectiveness of the digital imaging machine. The machine was evaluated and sources of error identified. Modifications were implemented in an attempt to improve the error. After multiple modifications with little success an entirely new design was conceptualized. The new design aimed to eliminate all major sources of error with the existing machine while not creating new sources of error. The new design is discussed and the results are compared to those obtained by the original imaging machine. The new machine was better able to accurately measure the length of cut length fibers. The variation between fibers within a sample and entire samples of cut length fiber was significantly decreased when compared to the variation of the previous system.
Date: 2006-08-04
Degree: MS
Discipline: Textile Engineering

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