A false twist textured yarn is a continuous filament yarn that has been processed to introduce crimps, coils, loops and other fine distortions along the yarn’s length. These distortions give synthetic yarns such as nylon, polyester and polypropylene improved properties such as stretch, bulk, improved thermal insulation and an appearance similar to natural fibres. This important book summarises the key principles, technologies and process issues in the manufacture of high-quality false twist textured yarns.

After an introductory chapter on the development of textured yarns, the book reviews yarn texturing machine designs and twist application methods, including air jet mingling and machine variants for draw textured speciality yarns. It also reviews common process performance and quality problems and how they can be resolved, as well process control, quality assurance and costs. The final chapters look at applications of false twist textured nylon, polyester and polypropylene yarns as well as the future of false twist texturing.

Based on the author’s extensive experience in the textile industry, False twist textured yarns is a standard reference on the key technologies and process issues involved in the manufacture of high-quality false twist textured yarns.

Key Features

  • Discusses the development of textured yarns, the basic principles of texturing and the process of false twist texturing
  • Summarises the key principles, technologies and process issues in the manufacture of high-quality false twist textured yarns
  • Chapters include texturing machine design, applications of textured yarns and the future opportunities for false twist texturing


Yarn and fabric manufacturers, textile scientists and students in textile science and technology courses

Table of Contents

Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles


Chapter 1: The development of textured yarns


1.1 Artificial silk: an early history

1.2 The arrival of melt spinning

1.3 The melt spinning process

1.4 Achieving desirable fabric properties through texturing

Chapter 2: Basic principles of false twist texturing


2.1 The concept of false twist texturing

2.2 The false twist mechanism

2.3 Twist application methods

Chapter 3: Yarn texturing machine design


3.1 The evolution of yarn texturing machines

3.2 Yarn heating and residence time in the primary texturing zone

3.3 Vapour phase heaters

3.4 High-temperature (HT) heaters

3.5 Intermediate-temperature heaters

3.6 Comparison summary of heater types

3.7 Yarn cooling in the texturing zone

3.8 Secondary heaters

3.9 Machine profiles

Chapter 4: Yarn twist application methods


4.1 Friction disc twisting

4.2 Friction disc materials

4.3 Influence of friction disc twisting parameters on texturing performance

4.4 Friction disc systems advances

4.5 Belt twisting

4 6 Improving yarn elasticity by torque generation (self twist)

Chapter 5: Process performance issues in yarn texturing


5.1 Friction and surface texture of yarn contact surfaces

5.2 Process instability: tension transients and speed limitations due to ‘surging’

5.3 Creel design and management

5.4 Package build specifications

5.5 Oil application systems

5.6 Automatic doffing systems

Chapter 6: Newer yarn texturing machine designs


6.1 Factors affecting machine design

6.2 Examples of new designs

Chapter 7: Air jet intermingling in yarn texturing



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About the editor

C Atkinson

Dr Colin Atkinson is a leading consultant to the textile industry in issues affecting textured yarns with over 30 years' experience. He is a former Managing Director of Intex Yarns Limited and Technical Director of Rieter-Scragg Limited, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of yarn texturing machinery.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant, UK


A highly recommended reference work for those involved in yarn texturing machine design, production and processing of textured yarns., Textile Month International