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Technology in Australia 1788-1988Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
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Chapter 5

I 1788 - State Of The Art In Textile Technology

II Australian Textiles - The Early Days

III Australian Textiles - The 20th Century
i Technology and Development
ii Australian Wool Textile Research

IV Australian Textiles - To Date

V Acknowledgements



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24 The first illustration (a) shows the device in its normal spinning position, with the yarn being produced passing between the protruding fingers. The section containing the fingers is pivoted and sits in a slight well. When one strand breaks, the movement of the second strand to the site as it realigns with the spindle topples the 'fingered section' out of the well and over (b), so that the single strand remaining then has to pass through a zig0zag path around the fingers, as shown in the bottom illustration. This quickly prevents twist from rising up the strand from the spindle, cohesion between the fibres is reduced drastically, and the strand breaks out.

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