Silk - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781782421559, 9781782421580


1st Edition

Processing, Properties and Applications

Authors: K. Murugesh Babu
eBook ISBN: 9781782421580
Hardcover ISBN: 9781782421559
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 31st July 2013
Page Count: 200
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Table of Contents

Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles

Chapter 1: Introduction to silk and sericulture


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Mulberry silk species

1.3 Non-mulberry silk species

1.4 Types of mulberry and moriculture

1.5 The life cycle of the silkworm

1.6 Early age rearing of silkworms

1.7 Late age rearing of silkworms

1.8 Handling of spinning larvae and harvesting of cocoons

1.9 Diseases of silkworms

1.10 Physical characteristics of cocoons

1.11 Trends in sericulture

Chapter 2: Silk reeling and silk fabric manufacture


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Silk reeling

2.3 Types of silk reeling machines

2.4 Types of silk yarn

2.5 Key steps in silk fabric manufacture

2.6 Weaving of silk fabrics

2.7 Types of silk fabric

2.8 Spun silk production

2.9 Future trends in silk production

Chapter 3: Structural aspects of silk


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Composition of silk

3.3 Amino acid composition

3.4 Moisture regain

3.5 Microstructure of silk

3.6 Chemical structure of silk

3.7 Crystalline structure of silk

3.8 Optical properties of silk

Chapter 4: Mechanical and thermal properties of silk


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Tensile properties

4.3 visco-elastic behaviour

4.4 Dynamic mechanical behaviour

4.5 Thermal behaviour

Chapter 5: The dyeing of silk


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Types of dye used for silk

5.3 Factors affecting dyeing behaviour

5.4 Preparation of silk for dyeing: degumming

5.5 Bleaching of silk

5.6 Dyeing of silk with acid dyes

5.7 Dyeing of silk with reactive dyes

5.8 Dyeing with direct colours and natural dyes

Chapter 6: Developments in the processing and applications of silk


6.1 Introduction

6.2 Processing of silk fibroin

6.3 Silk non-wovens

6.4 Fluorescent silks

6.5 Biomedical applications of silk

6.6 Silk fibre-reinforced composites

6.7 Conclusions

Chapter 7: Spider silks and their applications


7.1 Introduction

7. 2 Types of spider silk

7.3 Chemical composition

7. 4 Amino acid composition and molecular structure of dragline silk

7. 5 General properties of spider silk

7.6 Tensile properties of spider silk

7. 7 Applications



Silk is a natural, environmentally-friendly fibre with a remarkable range of properties, making it ideal for use in apparel and many other applications. Silk: Processing, properties and applications provides an authoritative reference on sericulture, silk fabric processing, silk properties and its applications.

The book begins by looking at key aspects of sericulture, including the range of mulberry and non-mulberry species of silk worm, early and late stage rearing and harvesting of cocoons. Further chapters discuss reeling, weaving and spinning techniques as well as dyeing. The book also discusses the physical and chemical structure of silk as well as its mechanical and thermal properties. Concluding chapters discuss developments in applications and the properties of spider silk.

Silk: Processing, properties and applications is useful for textile technologists, fibre scientists and all those with an interest in the characteristics of silk, its production and the varied uses of this important fibre.

Key Features

  • Provides an in-depth summary of silk production, properties and structure-property relationships
  • Examines the future of silk, including its application in the textile, biomedical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries
  • Provides an authoritative reference on sericulture, silk fabric processing, silk properties and its applications


Textile technologists, Fiber scientists, Textile engineers


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About the Authors

K. Murugesh Babu Author

Dr K. Muguresh Babu is Professor in and Head of the Department of Textile Technology at the Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology (BIET), Davangere, Karnataka, India. Professor Babu has published over 50 journal articles and has written chapters in a number of books. He has conducted research on silk-based biomaterials for Oxford Biomaterials Limited, a spin-off company from research at Oxford University. Professor Babu’s research interests include silk-based biomaterials, structure–property relationships in natural fibres, eco-friendly processing of natural fibres and eco-biocomposites and their applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bapuji Institute of engineering and technology, India