The 3 ½ day Fiber Analysis and Identification course introduces the principles and practice of polarized light microscopy (PLM) for fiber identification of natural and man-made fibers. The course is intended for industrial and forensic scientists seeking to learn the basics of fiber analysis and identification through microscopy. Students learn time-honored, highly-specialized PLM methods that can be successfully applied to virtually all types of natural and manufactured fibers.
In addition to the core topics of polarized light microscopy, students learn to characterize and identify a variety of natural and manufactured fiber types. Techniques learned in this course can be applied to problems of industrial contamination and particle identification in industries such as pharmaceutical, food, polymers, and electronics, as well as forensic fiber analysis. The student learning outcomes are achieved through lecture/demonstration and practical exercises utilizing known and unknown fiber samples from a variety of industries.
See below for course outline and additional information.
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
• Set-up and operate stereobinocular and polarized light microscopes
• Explain the principles, theory, and practice of polarized light microscopy (PLM) as applied to fiber identification
• Sample, handle and mount fiber samples for identification
• Characterize and identify natural and man-made fibers using a polarized light microscope
This 3 ½ day course is designed for industrial scientists who wish to learn to identify contaminant fibers, with an eye towards root cause determination. Beginning forensic scientists interested in learning the basic principles of microscopic fiber identification will also benefit from this course. This course does not cover the specialized area of asbestos analysis.
Classroom/Lab Learning Experience at Hooke College of Applied Sciences
All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences in the classroom/laboratory facility located in Westmont, Illinois.
Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:
Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.