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Publication numberUS3447302 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 3, 1969
Filing dateJan 30, 1959
Priority dateJan 30, 1959
Publication numberUS 3447302 A, US 3447302A, US-A-3447302, US3447302 A, US3447302A
InventorsField Frederick C Jr
Original AssigneeDu Pont
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Yarn processing
US 3447302 A
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June 3, 1969 F, c. FIELD, JR 3,447,302


ATTORNEY United States Patent M 3,447,302 YARN PROCESSING Frederick C. Field, Jr., Wilmington, Del., assignor to E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Wilmington, Del., a corporation of Delaware Continuation-impart of application Ser. No. 450,075, Aug. 16, 1954. This application Jan. 30, 1959, Ser. No. 790,789

Int. Cl. D02g 3/04 US. Cl. 57-157 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A chenille-like yarn characterized by high bulk and stability under tensile stress is provided by feeding at least two groups of filaments at considerably different rates through a zone of turbulence, produced by a fluid jet, so that the groups are combined with one forming a stress-bearing core and the other forming highly convoluted filaments extending outward in a multiude of elongated loops.

REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION This is a continuation-in-part of copending application Ser. No. 450,075, filed Aug. 16, 1954, and now abandoned.

This invention relates to processing of yarn so as to impart chenille-like and other desirable properties thereto.

A well-known type of novelty yarn is denoted by the term chenille (from the French for caterpiH-ar), which signifies a generally bristly or tufted construction conventionally produced by extensive cutting and twisting of a woven structure or by interlacing of relatively short lengths among elements of a twisted filamentary structure. Chenille yarns find use in bedspreads, curtains, draperies, rugs, and other textile articles, as well as in decorative ropes and trimmings. Manufacture of conventional chenille yarn is a relatively slow and costly operation.

A primary object of the present invention is production of yarn having to a desirable extent the outward appearance of a chenille yarn. Another object is formation of yarn into a novel bulky yarn. Other objects of the invention will be apparent from the following description and the accompanying diagrams.

FIGURE 1 is a schematic representation of apparatus useful according to the present invention. FIGURE 2 is a front elevation of a jet or nozzle element of the ap paratus of FIGURE 1. FIGURE 3 is a side section of the apparatus of FIGURE 2. FIGURE 4 is a longitudinal view of multifilament yarn treated by the apparatus of FIGURE 2. FIGURE 5 is a transverse section of treated multifilament yarn containing unconvoluted filamentary core.

In general, the objects of the present invention are accomplished by forming along the length of yarn a multitude of elongated loops whose presence therein is maintained upon application of substantial extensional stress thereto and optionally including an unconvoluted filamentary stress-bearing core in the yarn. A particularly desirable yarn, characterized by high bulk and stability under tensile stresses, is provided when a filamentary stress-bearing core member is combined with the loopy yarn. In the combination, the highly convoluted component is known hereinafter as the effect member. This duplex structure is held together by an entanglement between the elements of the two members.

The invention comprehends provision of a highly twisted yarn structure characterized by presence of elon- 3,447,302 Patented June 3, 1969 gated loops spaced therealong protruding to a considerable extent from the yarn axis and at angles greater than about 30, preferably substantially perpendicular thereto for maximum bulk. Likewise, in the core-effect yarn, the elongated lOOpS of the effect member also extend outwardly from the core members at angles greater than about 30. The elongated loops are produced conveniently by passing the yarn through a zone of fluid turbulence as described hereinafter.

As shown in FIGURE 1, yarn 1 to be treated according to this invention may be supplied from package 6 through pigtail guides 2 and 3, to pass about cork cot 5 rotating in contact with drive roll 7 and into the nip of this feed-roll arrangement. The yarn then enters jet or nozzle 9; from the jet outlet the yarn is drawn through pigtail 8 about drive roll 11 and into the nip of it with cot 10, about which are yarn passes on its way to the twister. The yarn goes through center guide 13 and through traveler 14 moving about ring 15 mounted on rail 16, then onto bobbin 17, rotated on spindle 18 by belt 19. Core yarn 21, which is supplied from package 22 through pigtail guide 23, also passes through guide 8, the forwarding rolls, center guide, the traveler, and onto bobbin 17, along with the yarn treated by the jet.

Details of jet or nozzle 9 appear in FIGURES 2 and 3. Housing receives casing 31 of tube 32 in bore 33, and screw 34 holds the tube adjustably therein. Side 35 of the housing, through which screw 34 passes into threaded side 36, is separated therefrom by slit 37 extending vertically for a considerable part of the housing length. Screw 38 threaded into the top of the housing fastens clamp 39 to hold venturi member 40 in place. Coaxial with bore 33 of the housing when the elements are assembled is bore 41 through one side of the venturi member, which has recess 42 as an extension of the bore in the opposite side across venturi throat 43. Gasket 47 encircles neck 48 of the venturi member and fits between it and a step or recess in the top of the housing. Threaded air-intake 51 is visible at the base of the housing, which has main bore 52 coaxial with throat 43 of the venturi member; a considerable angle intervenes between bore 33 and the main bore of the housing and between bore 41 and the throat of the venturi.

Operation of the apparatus is easily understood. An operator strings up the yarn to be treated by the jet, drawing it from the package and passing it through the various guides and between the feed rolls and then placing it at the nut-like entrance of the intake or yarn tube. Flow of air through the jet carries the yarn through the yarn tube and out the end thereof into the venturi throat and thence out the mouth thereof. T urbulance attends the passage through the jet, and the yarn emerging therefrom is changed greatly in appearance. A longitudinal view of this yarn appears in FIGURE 4. Except for increased twist the consolidated central region or body of the yarn is essentially like that of the starting yarn,

and the striking difference lies in the appearance of a great many elongated loops extending from this central region to a distance therefrom equivalent to many times the diameter of the body of the yarn.

The operator also normally introduces at least one ordinary unconvoluted monofilament, multifilament or spun yarn member along with that treated by the jet and strings both of them through a guide and between windup rolls then through the traveler of the ring twister and onto the bobbin. Windup proceeds in normal manner, accomplishing the additional function of incorporating the unconvoluted yarn as a stress-bearing core member in the product. FIGURE 5, which is a section taken in a plane perpendicular to the axis of the yarn, shows the distribution of loops completely about the body of the yarn. Three unconvoluted core members are distinguishable from filaments of the looped component in the drawing by somewhat larger diameter. The external appearance of the product is substantially unchanged from that of the yarn treated by the jet.

Example I Commercial multifilament nylon yarn of 80-68-13Z count (i.e., having 68 filaments, 80 total denier, and Z twist of 13 turns per inch) is fed at a rate of 487 yards per minute (y.p.m.) to a jet of the type described, supplied with air at gage pressure of 84 pounds per square inch (p.s.i.g.). From the jet outlet the yarn, which takes on a pronounced chenille-like appearance is fed together with 40-34- /2Z nylon multifilament, supplied at 90 y.p.m., to a down twister (Whitin type C-2) and is wound on a bobbin at the rate of supply of the added core. This amounts to an overfeed of 650% or 6.5 x of the chenilleat the indicated feed rates into various air jets and wound up onto rolls at the indicated rates.

The method of designating the continuous filament yarns of these examples is the same as in Example I.

To define the spun and cotton yarns of these examples conventional worsted count (W.C.) and cotton count (C.C.), respectively, are used. For example, a 1/25 WC. 3 denier Orion (trademark for E. I. du Pont de Nemours acrylic fiber) yarn comprises a single end of 25 worsted count yarn and 20/1 C.C. Egyptian cotton yarn comprises a single end of 20 cotton count yarn. The designation 2/ 32 W.C. indicates a 2 ply, 32 worsted count yarn.

The type 9 air jet of the Enterprise Machine and Development Corporation is used. The abbreviations BS, DU, and EV indicate the size of the air jet; the first letter indicates the venturi size, the second, the needle size.

TABLE I Windup Core Efiect Example Jet/Air, Speed, Speed, Speed,

Number Core Yarn-Eflect Yarn(s) p.s.l. y.p.m. y.p.m. y.p.m.

II 21034%Z N ylon- 138/70.... 20 20.1 93

300-8H Bright Acetate, 300-80-0 Scarlet Acetate.

III 14068%Z Ny1on DU/60... 9 9.5 62

1/25W.O. 3 denier "Oriorf Blue.

IV 20/1 (10. Egyptian Cotton- 138/60... 13 13. 5 50 600-160-0 Scarlet Acetate.

V 2/32W.O. 3 denierrlon DU/70 20 21.5 151 1/31W.C. 80-20 Orlon-wooi.

VI 2/32W.C. 3 denier0rlon- EV/70 9 9. 42

36/2 0.0. Nylon, 1/25W.O. 3 denier Orion, 2/27W.C. 3 denier Orion, 1/31W.O. 80-20 Orlon"-wool, 1/20W.O. 100% Wool, 15/1 0.0. Dacr0n-cotton, /1 0.0. Egyptian cotton.

VII 2/32W.C. 3 denier Orlon EVI70....- 9 9. 5 29 1/14W.O. 3 denier Orion.

VIII 2/32W.O. 3 denier Orlon EV/70. 9 9. 5 57 1/14W.O. 3 denier Orion.

IX 2/32W.C. 3 denier Orl0n- EV/70 9 9. 5 57 1/14W.O. 3 denier Orion.

X 20/1 0.0. Egyptian cotton- EV/ 9 9. 5 37 15/1 0.0. Daeron-cotton.

XI 20/1 O.C. Egyptian cotton EV/35 9 9. 5 100 15/1 C.C. Daeron-cotton.

XII 2/32W.C. 3 denier Orlon-- DU/ 9 9. 5 62 l/25W.C. 3 denier Orion.

XIII 1/20W.O.Wool EV/35.. 9 9. 5

1/31W.O. -20 Orlon-wool.

XIV 1/25W.O. 3 denierOrlon- EV/50- 9 9. 5 57 2/32W.C. 3 denier Orion.

XV -68%Z Nylon DU/70.... 20 20.5 61

2/32W.C. 3 denier Orion, 2/27W.O. 3 denier Orion.

XVI 140-68%Z Nylon 20 20 93 2/32W.C. 3 denier Orion, 2/27W.O. 3 denier Orion.

XVII 1/14W.O. 3 denierOrlon-- EV/50 9 9.5 57

2/32W.O. 3 denier Orion."

XVIII 4 ends 70/34 %Z Nylon- BS/70... 9 10 57 2 ends, 300-80-2 Scarlet Acetate; 2 ends, 300-80-0 Bright Acetate; 1 end, 70/2 Helanca, tensioned -t (5) like component. Unlike the uncored intermediate yarn, which exhibits a low yield point (tension at which slippage of the yarn owing to distortion or removal of the loops overcomes the effect of the elastic modulus), the final product resists permanent extension in the absence of sufiicient force to break the added core filaments. Viewed at arms length, the yarn appears to have a multitude of loose ends extending therefrom more or less perpendicular thereto; only upon close inspection do these apparent ends visually resolve themselves into elongated loops.

Repetition of the above procedure with commercial nylon multifilament yarn of 210-107-7Z count as the loopy effect component and two ends of 40-34- /2Z nylon multifilament as the core component gave similarly satisfactory results. Other continuous-filament materials, regardless of chemical constituents, are similarly suitable, as the process of this invention is independent of the filament composition.

Examples I-IXVHI In these examples, various core and efiect yarns are fed as to remain fully extended during processing.

In the products of the other examples, the elongated loops are readily apparent, the yarns having the general appearance of a boucl type yarn. Again, it is seen that the loops and free ends are entangled among themselves and the core yarn. These products appear on first glance to be a fuzzy, angora-like yarn, except for the presence of elongated loops entangled within the fuzzy effect system.

This fuzziness is not quite so apparent in the products of Examples X and XI, where the elongated loops are present in a much higher percentage than the free ends, so that the product resembles more clearly a boucl type structure, consisting primarily of elongated loops twisted about the core system.

In Example XVII'I, the Helanca yarn is a trademark of the Heberlin Patent Corporation for a stretch nylon yarn. This yarn is entangled with the composite yarn to provide a bulky product comprising a core and effect system resembling the products of the other examples, particularly those of Examples I, II, III, and IV in a chenille-like appearance which has the additional characteristic of stretching under tensile stresses, with a return to its original length after removal of the stress.

The elongated loop characteristic of yarn treated according to this invention outlines an area closely resembling a teardrop section. The longitudinal extent of the loop is at least twice the greatest transverse extent, which itself usually occurs at least about two-thirds of the way from the apex of the loop outward. Furthermore, in the product of this invention the mean outermost extent of loops, measured from the yarn axis, is about ten or more times the radius of the body of the yarn, which itself is fairly dense and well defined. An individual loop usually approximates a plane curve, and a perpendicular to the plane of the loop is more or less parallel to the axis of the yarn, often intersecting the axis at a slight-to-moderate angle, most of the loops extending outward substantially perpendicular to the axis. An outstanding characteristic of a substantial number of the loops in a yarn of this invention is a closed portion, usually twisted, at the base of the individual loop, as denoted at V in FIGURE 5; this desirable feature, which serves to support the loop proper away from the yarn body is attributable at least in part to the appreciable twist in the starting yarn. As is apparent from FIGURE 4, the loops are not spaced at regular intervals along the lengths of filament but appear instead to occur at random, frequently overlapping one another.

Overfeed (ratio of supply or feed rate to windup rate) of the effect component should be on the order of several X and preferably for some uses should be on the order of thousands of percent. Attempted operation at lower speeds is conducive to intermittent action, giving a product having sections of apparently non-treated multifilamerits, and lower overfeeds are detrimental to production of the desired elongated loops, overfeed and loop size being related more or less directly.

The jet itself may be operated at almost any pressure sufficient to provide a flow of air to overfeed the yarn to the desired extent. Termination of the yarn tube in a plane perpendicular to the axis of the tube has proved satisfactory in jets whose main bore of air passage intersects the tube axis at an angle in the vicinity of forty-five degrees. Best results are obtained by insertion of the tube in the jet somewhat more than halfway across the venturi throat, which usually is at least three times as large in diameter as the bore of the tube and about twice the outside diameter of the tube. When the jet is adjusted properly for operation according to this invention the yarn issuing therefrom assumes a characteristic configuration, shown in elevation at I in FIGURE 1; although being drawn away from the jet outlet by forwarding rolls, the yarn neither bends abruptly over the edge of the jet outlet nor issues in a smooth arc from the mouth of the jet; instead it moves away from the jet for some distance in line with the axis of the throat then makes an abrupt U-turn, returning in the opposite direction for part of that distance before being drawn off sideways by the rolls.

If desired, the operator may feed the core yarn into the jet along with the yarn to be convoluted into the described configuration. This path for the core yarn (shown as a dashed line in FIGURE 1) requires sufficient tensioning, conveniently provided by gate tensioner 25 interposed between pigtails 23 and 24, to prevent convolution of this component by action of the jet, but low enough to permit opening of the core bundle to entangle with the effect system. Early combination of the two components not only minimizes separate accumulation of like static charges otherwise sufficient to hinder introduction of the filamentary core but also facilitates distribution of the core filaments throughout the product, making for desirable uniformity.

The core and effect yarns are normally fed into the air jet at different rates of speed. The ratio of effect speed to core speed is preferably in the range of from about 2 to about 10 times, but may be less than 2 and as high as 50 times where special decorative effects are desired.

The products of this invention may be prepared solely from any type yarn, both natural and synthetic. Among the natural yarns, wool and cotton are most readily adaptable to the process of this invention. The synthetic yarns may be either continuous filament, spun yarns of staple fibers, or elastic yarns. In preparing the core-effect type yarns, either or both of the elements may be any one of the above'yarns.

Where a continuous filament yarn is used as the effect yarn, the elongated loops are formed along the length of the individual filaments in the yarn. The elongated loops are also formed along the lengths of individual staple fibers of the spun yarns. A spun yarn effect system is further characterized by the presence of a plurality of free ends extending outwardly from the effect system, thereby presenting a fuzzy, very soft surface, which is obviously very desirably in fabrics, towels, draperies, decorative fabrics and the like.

The product of this invention is useful for conventional chenille applications and additionally is suited to use in articles subject to considerable handling or laundering, inasmuch as the protruding portion does not consist of separate filamentary pieces but instead is integral with the body of the yarn. Articles made from this yarn have a pleasantly soft handle free from any scratchiness attributable in some chenille products to the characteristic protruding ends. Woven and knit fabrics of these yarns have a nappy or pile-like surface that provides bulk and obscures the body of the constituent yarns. Yarns characterized by an effect system having elongated loops of different average heights, i.e., a multi height pile, may be prepared in accordance with this invention, for example, by feeding at different rates at least two yarns into the air jet as the effect system, in addition to the core member. Such a yarn is also provided where the effect system comprises both free ends and elongated loops, where the ends and loops are of different average heights.

Fabrics may be prepared from such yarn for use as outergarments, interlinings, carpeting, upholstery, drapery, and other decorative effect uses whether knitted, woven, or nonwoven.

I claim:

1. A process for forming a bulky yarn comprising feeding a plurality of filamentary structures at considerably different rates into a zone of fluid turbulence and withdrawing them together therefrom as a composite yarn at a rate substantially equal to the lower feed rate, the yarn having the higher feed rate beingfed at a rate at least greater than its speed of withdrawal, whereupon the individual filaments of the structure having the higher feed rate are convoluted into elongated loops extending outward from the body of the yarn, which includes the other structure in unconvoluted form as a stress-bearing member thereof.

2. Process comprising feeding at least two groups of twisted filamentary structures at considerably different rates into a zone of fluid turbulence, one filamentary structure group being fed at a rate of from about 2 to about 50 times the rate of another group, and winding them together therefrom as a composite yarn at a rate substantially equal to the lower feed rate, whereupon the filaments of the structure having the higher feed rate are convoluted into elongated loops extending outward from the body of the yarn, which includes the other structure in unconvoluted form as a stress-bearing member thereof.

3. Process of claim 2 wherein at least one of the fila 2,504,523 4/1950 Harris et a1 57140 'mentary structure groups comprises staple fibersv 2,783,609 3/ 1957 Breen 57140 4. Process of claim 2 wherein at least one of the fila- 2,575,753 11/1951 Foster 57157 mental-y structure groups comprises continuous filaments. 2,864,230 12/ 1958 Moore 57157 2,026,736 1/1936 Gruber 5734 References Cited 2,852,906 9/1958 Breen 57 34 UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,869,967 1/1959 Breen. 3,007,298 11/1961 Williams et al. US. 01. X.R. 3,009,309 11/1961 Breen 6161. 10 57143,160

MERVIN STEIN, Primary Examiner.

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U.S. Classification57/6, 57/207, 57/350, 57/208, 57/227
International ClassificationD02G1/16
Cooperative ClassificationD02G1/16, D02J1/08
European ClassificationD02J1/08, D02G1/16