Paper Towel Absorbency Experiment

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Paper Towel Absorbency Experiment Project Design Plan Problem Statement: Different paper towels have different constructions and therefore are likely to have different absorbency capabilities, yet it is unknown which brands or types of paper towels absorb better, or faster, despite advertising claims made. Relevance: As paper towels are a commonly purchased product in many households, determining what the best value is in terms of hoe these paper towels perform their intended task, which involves absorbency, is of direct practical relevance. Literature Review: Research into this topic shows that it is not as simplistic as might be imagined, but has in fact been examined as part of rigorous research projects undertaken on behalf of paper towel manufacturers (Beuther et al, 2010). The ways in which paper towels absorb, and therefore the rates at which they are able to absorb, vary depending on the microscopic fiber structures within individual paper towels, which of course vary greatly depending on the manufacturing materials and processes in the making of each brand of paper towels (Beuther et al, 2010). Fiber types and construction patterns have also been demonstrated to have a large impact on absorbency in natural and synthetic textiles examined in a similar experiment (Beskisiz et al, 2009). Both of these pieces of research suggest certain controls for the paper towel experiment described herein (Beuther et al, 2010; Bekisiz et al, 2009). Experimental Design: Three

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