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Forensic Examination of Fibres, Third Edition

By James R. Robertson, Claude Roux, Kenneth G. Wiggins

© 2018 – CRC Press

472 pages | 122 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

For forensic fibre examiners to fully utilize fibre and textile evidence during their analysis, they require not only specialized forensic knowledge but also in-depth knowledge of fibres, yarns and fabrics. Production, both the chemical and physical structure, and the properties of these materials is required in order to determine the value of fibre evidence. This includes knowing production figures, fashion changes, sudden arrivals of new material/s, dye variability, and numerous other factors that may have a bearing on the information obtained.

Fully updated with the latest advances, Forensic Examination of Fibres, Third Edition continues in the tradition of the First (1992) and Second Editions (1999) as the premier text on the subject of forensic fibre analysis. The international team of contributing authors detail the recovery of the evidence, through the different stages of laboratory examination, to the evaluation of the meaning of findings. The coverage has been considerably expanded, and all material has been revised and wholly updated. Topics covered include examining damaged textiles, infrared microspectroscopy and thin layer chromatography, and color analyses. 

This edition covers the critical role of quality assurance in ensuring the reliability of the technical observations and results, and, in doing so, looks at the implications of supervisory managers and labs in the accurate and responsible analysis of such evidence.

Features include:

  • Outlining evidentiary process from collecting and preserving the evidence at the crime scene through the laboratory analysis of fibres
  • Detailing the latest developments and emerging technologies including Kevlar and other such advances in fibre technology
  • Coverage of a broad array of fibres both natural (cellulose, protein, and mineral) and man-made fibres including synthetic, inorganic and regenerated

Forensic Examination of Fibres, Third Edition is a much-needed update to the classic book and will be a useful reference to crime scene technicians, laboratory forensic scientists and microscopists, students in police, forensic, and justice science programs.

Table of Contents


1. Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics: An Introduction to Production, Structure and Properties

[Stanley MacArthur Fergusson and Jane Marie Hemmings]

2. Textile Damage Interpretation

[Jane Marie Hemmings, Debra Carr and James Robertson]

3. Ropes and Cordages

[Kenneth G. Wiggins]

4. From Crime Scene to Laboratory

[James Robertson and Claude Roux]

5. Microscopic Examination of Fibres

[Samuel J. Palenik]

6. Colour Analysis of Fibres

[Thomas W. Biermann and Kenneth G. Wiggins]

7. Infrared Microspectroscopy of Fibres

[K. Paul Kirkbride]

8. Raman Spectroscopy of Fibres

[Jane Marie Hemmings]

9. Other Instrumental Approaches to Fibre Examination

[Claude Roux, Rachel Morison and Philip Maynard]

10. Interpretation of Fibre Evidence

10.1. Factors Influencing Interpretation

[Michael Grieve and Claude Roux]

10.2. Aids to Interpretation

[Claude Roux and Kenneth G. Wiggins]

10.3. A Probabilistic Approach to the Evaluation of Fibre Evidence

[Christophe Champod and Franco Taroni]

11. Future Trends for Forensic Fibre Examination

11.1. New Fibre Developments

[Kornelia Nehse and Sandy Koch]

11.2. Emerging Technologies and Management Considerations

[Michael Grieve, Max M. Houck and James Robertson]

About the Authors

James Robertson is a prolific author and has held senior positions on all forensic advisory groups and organisations in Australia. He is currently the Director of the NCFS.

Claude Roux is the current President of the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS), the Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

Kenneth G. Wiggins worked in the Analytical services group with the Forensic Science Service (FSS), then served in the Research and Development Division as an advisor and consultant dealing with fibres.

About the Series

International Forensic Science and Investigation

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science