Description

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

Readership

Textile technologists, Fiber scientists, Textile engineers

Table of Contents

Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles

Chapter 1: Introduction to silk and sericulture

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

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

Abstract:

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

Details

No. of pages:
200
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
eBook ISBN:
9781782421580
Print ISBN:
9781782421559

About the author

K. Murugesh Babu

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