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Recent research on natural fibres and textiles

Wang, Xungai, Liu, Xin, Hurren, Christopher and Lin, Tong 2009, Recent research on natural fibres and textiles, in Natural fibres in Australasia : proceedings of the combined (NZ and AUS) Conference of The Textile Institute, Dunedin 15-17 April 2009, Textile Institute (NZ), [Dunedin, New Zealand], pp. 1-9.

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Title Recent research on natural fibres and textiles
Author(s) Wang, Xungai
Liu, Xin
Hurren, Christopher
Lin, Tong
Conference name Conference of The Textile Institute (2009 : Dunedin, New Zealand)
Conference location Dunedin, New Zealand
Conference dates 15-17 April 2009
Title of proceedings Natural fibres in Australasia : proceedings of the combined (NZ and AUS) Conference of The Textile Institute, Dunedin 15-17 April 2009
Publication date 2009
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Textile Institute (NZ)
Place of publication [Dunedin, New Zealand]
Keyword(s) natural fibres
yarn
fabric
powdering
Summary This paper provides an overview of recent research on a range of natural fibres and textiles. The focus is on work carried out at Deakin University’s Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation, which is a multidisciplinary research centre with over 100 researchers. The fibres include hemp, wool, silk, and alpaca fibres. Research on yarns, fabrics, and fine powders made from wool and silk fibres are briefly discussed also.

The within-fibre diameter variation of wool has been examined systematically, which highlights the importance of this hard-to-measure fibre attribute. A relationship between hemp fibre fineness and residual gum content has been established, which provides a rapid means of assessing the residual gum content in the degummed hemp fibres. Silk and wool fibres have been converted into ultrafine powders for advanced applications. The Resistance to Compression (RtC) behaviour of wool and alpaca fibres has been closely examined, which challenges the belief that RtC is a good indicator of fibre softness. Ways of reducing the hairiness of natural fibre yarns, predicting the pilling propensity of wool knits, and functionalising fabrics for superhydrophobicity and photochromic or colour changing effects are discussed.
ISBN 9780959801934
Language eng
Field of Research 091012 Textile Technology
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Textile Institute (NZ)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029251

Document type: Conference Paper
Collections: Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation
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