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Synthetic Fibres

Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic, Polyolefin

Synthetic fibres account for about half of all fibre usage, with applications in every field of fibre and textile technology. Although many classes of fibre based on synthetic polymers have been evaluated as potentially valuable commercial products, four of them - nylon, polyester, acrylic and polyolefin - dominate the market. These four account for approximately 98% by volume of synthetic fibre production, with polyester alone accounting for around 60%.

Synthetic fibres: nylon, polyester, acrylic, polyolefin provides a brief history of the early evaluations that led to this situation, then looks in detail at the development and present status of each class in four substantial chapters. Synthesis of chemical intermediates, polymerisation methods, fibre spinning and orientation technology, texturing techniques, production of microfibres, and chemical variants, e.g. for modified dyeability, are considered in detail. This comprehensive and accessible book will appeal to textile technologists in industrial and academic research, chemical and synthetic fibre suppliers, and yarn and fabric manufacturers.

Hardbound, 308 Pages

Published: October 2004

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-85573-588-0


  • This book is confidently recommended as essential reading for all those involved with research and development, production and processing of synthetic fibres., Textile Month
    This book will be of interest and of great use to a variety of readers, including academics that teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses., Materials World
    Each chapter provides good depth of coverage and references to sources of more advanced information., Materials World


  • Historical introduction; Nylon fibres; Polyester fibres; Acrylic fibres; Polyolefin fibres.


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