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Comparative Evaluation of Physical and Structural Properties of Water Retted and Non-retted Flax Fibers

Author(s): Gopu Raveendran Nair | Ashutosh Singh | Malgorzata Zimniewska | Vijaya Raghavan

Journal: Fibers
ISSN 2079-6439

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: flax | water retting | linear density | tenacity

Flax stems of Modran variety were subjected to water retting under laboratory conditions and its physical properties were compared with non-retted fibers. Physical properties including percentage of impurities, weighted average length, linear density, tenacity and elongation were analyzed and the results were compared. The analysis of retted and non-retted flax fibers showed that retting is the most important step in the processing of flax fibers and it directly affects quality attributes like strength, fineness, and homogeneity. Scanning Electron microscope images of fibers were also analyzed and the retted fibers showed much cleaner surface when compared to decorticated non-retted fibers.
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