Wool Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites

Wool Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites

1st Edition - July 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Sabu Thomas, Seiko Jose
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128240564

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Wool Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composites is an in-depth and practical exploration of wool-based composites, covering everything from the morphology of wool fiber to the industrial applications of wool composites. Wool has emerged in the top position for this role because of its unique characteristics. While fine wool is too costly for many such applications, coarse wool of greater than 35 microns fiber length is globally under-utilized. This pioneering book describes every form of wool composite, woven, nonwoven, felt and fiber, including different fabrication methods. In unique detail, the international team of expert contributors describe the morphology, structure and properties of wool, methods for the chemical modification of wool, different forms of wool-polymer composites, and many exciting emerging applications.

Key Features

  • Provides technical details on a wide range of applications of wool-fiber polymer composites, including in construction and medicine
  • Draws on an interdisciplinary panel of experts from fields such as textiles, polymer science and chemistry to create a guide for readers of all backgrounds
  • Describes wool characterization techniques in detail


Students, engineers, and researchers with an interest in sustainable textiles, biopolymer composites, biomaterials, and biofibers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to natural fiber composites
    2. Wool Structure and Morphology
    3. Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Wool Fibre
    4. Physical and chemical properties of wool fibers
    5. Surface modification Treatment Methods of wool
    6. Composite preparation techniques
    7. Bio fillers for biocomposites
    8. Nano technological intervention in the wool composites
    9. Thermoplastic Polymer/Wool Composites
    10. General testing of wool composites
    11. Advanced Techniques for Testing and Characterization of Wool Composites
    12. Development of Wool Fiber Incorporated Polymer Composites
    13. Scope of blending of wool with other synthetic/natural fibres for composites
    14. Silk and wool hybrid fiber reinforced polypropylene composites
    15. Mechanical and Viscoelastic Properties of Wool Composites
    16. Moisture interactions of wool and wool based composites
    17. Abrasive Water Jet Cutting and its Optimization Model for Machining the Sheep Wool/Polyester Composites
    18. Wool fibre-reinforced thermoplastic polymers for injection moulding and 3-printingUntitled
    19. Wool composites for hygienic/medical applications
    20. Applications of wool composites for construction
    21. Conductive Polymer Coated Wool Composites for Novel Applications

Product details

  • No. of pages: 600
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2022
  • Published: July 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128240564

About the Editors

Sabu Thomas

Professor Thomas is an outstanding leader with sustained international acclaims for his work in Nanoscience, Polymer Science and Engineering, Polymer Nanocomposites, Elastomers, Polymer Blends, Interpenetrating Polymer Networks, Polymer Membranes, Green Composites and Nanocomposites, Nanomedicine and Green Nanotechnology. Dr. Thomas’s ground-breaking inventions in polymer nanocomposites, polymer blends, green bionanotechnological and nano-biomedical sciences, have made transformative differences in the development of new materials for biomedical, automotive, space, and housing fields. Professor Thomas has published over 1000 peer reviewed research papers, reviews and book chapters. He has co-edited 150 books published by Royal Society, Wiley, Woodhead, Elsevier, CRC Press, Springer, and Nova Science. He is the inventor of 16 patents.

Affiliations and Expertise

Vice Chancellor and Full Professor, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India

Seiko Jose

Seiko Jose PhD is a scientist, working at ICAR-Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar, Rajasthan, India. He has over 15 years’ experience in textiles including time spent in industry and academia. His industrial experience is focused on wet processing of cotton, silk, and linen processing units. For the last 8 eight years of his research career, he has worked with a range of natural fibres such as, wool, jute, pineapple leaf fibre, coir, flax, and ramie. He has contributed to 30 research papers and 9 book chapters. His major research areas are extraction and characterization of natural fibre, textile dyeing and finishing, eco-friendly textile processing, natural fibre composites, and natural dyes.

Affiliations and Expertise

Scientist, Central Sheep and Wool Research Institute, Avikanagar, Rajasthan, India

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