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Frictional and tensile properties of conducting polymer coated wool and alpaca fibers
journal contributionposted on 2005-09-01, 00:00 authored by Lijing Wang, Tong Lin, Xungai Wang, Akif KaynakAkif Kaynak
Wool and alpaca fibers were coated with polypyrrole by vapor-phase polymerisation method. The changes in frictional and tensile properties of the single fibers upon coating with the conductive polymer are presented. Coating a thin layer of polypyrrole on the alpaca and wool fibers results in a significant reduction in the fiber coefficient of friction, as the conducting polymer layer smooths the protruding edges of the fiber scales. It also reduces the directional friction effect of the fibers. Depending on the type of fiber, the coating may slightly enhance the tensile properties of the coated fibers.