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Handbook of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781845693879, 9781845696801

Handbook of Tensile Properties of Textile and Technical Fibres

1st Edition

Editor: A. R. Bunsell
Hardcover ISBN: 9781845693879
eBook ISBN: 9781845696801
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 19th October 2009
Page Count: 696
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Table of Contents

Introduction to fibre tensile properties and failure; Tensile testing of textile fibres. Part 1 Tensile properties and failure of natural fibres: Tensile properties of cotton fibres; Tensile properties of hemp and agave americana fibres; Tensile failure of wool; Types, structure and mechanical properties of silk; Structure and behaviour of collagen fibers. Part 2 Tensile properties and failure of synthetic fibres: Manufacturing, properties and tensile failure of nylon fibres; The chemistry, manufacture and tensile behaviour of polyester fibres; Tensile properties of polypropylene fibres; Tensile fatigue of thermoplastic fibres; Liquid crystalline organic fibres and their mechanical behaviour; The manufacture, properties and applications of high strength, high modulus polyethylene fibers; Tensile failure of polyacrylonitrile fibres; Structure and properties of glass fibres; Tensile failure of carbon fibres; The mechanical behaviour of small diameter silicon carbide fibres; The structure and tensile properties of continuous oxide fibers.


Fibres usually experience tensile loads whether they are used for apparel or technical structures. Their form, which is long and fine, makes them some of the strongest materials available as well as very flexible. This book provides a concise and authoritative overview of tensile behaviour of a wide range of both natural and synthetic fibres used both in textiles and high performance materials.

After preliminary chapters that introduce the reader to tensile properties, failure and testing of fibres, the book is split into two parts. Part one examines tensile properties and failure of natural fibres, such as cotton, hemp, wool and silk. Part two discusses the tensile properties and failure of synthetic fibres ranging from polyamide, polyester and polyethylene fibres to carbon fibres. Many chapters also provide a general background to the fibre, including the manufacture, microstructure, factors that affect tensile properties as well as methods to improve tensile failure.

With its distinguished editor and array of international contributors, Handbook of tensile properties of textile and technical fibres is an important reference for fibre scientists, textile technologists and engineers, as well as those in academia.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of tensile behaviour of a wide range of both natural and synthetic fibres
  • Examines tensile characterisitics, tensile failure of textiles fibres and factors that affect tensile properties
  • Discusses mircostructures and each type of fibre from manufacture to finished product


Fiber scientists; Textile technologists and engineers; Those in academia


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About the Editor

A. R. Bunsell

Dr Anthony Bunsell is Research Professor responsible for studies in the fields of fibre reinforcements and fibre composites at the Materials Centre of the Ecole des Mines de Paris. He is also Professor at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He has authored more than 250 papers in international scientific journals and has produced fifteen books on materials science, composites and fibres. He has received a number of rewards for his research and was the first person to be made life Fellow of the French Association for Composite Materials (AMAC) and is only one of very few recipients of the title World Fellow of the International Committee on Composite Materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor, Materials Centre, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France