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INTRODUCTION TO TEXTILE FIBERS Mujahid Mehdi Abro Indus University Karachi. Definition of Fiber and Textile fibers  Fiber:  It is defined as one of the delicate, hair portions of the tissues of a plant or animal or other substances that are very small in diameter in relation to there length.  A fiber is a material which is several hundred times as long as its thick.  Fibres have been defined by the Textile Institute as units of matter characterized by :  flexibility,  fineness  high ratio of length to thickness. Cont…  Other characteristics might be added, if the fibre is to be of any use for general textile purposes, a sufficiently high temperature stability and a certain minimum strength and moderate extensibility.  The characteristic dimensions of fibres are the basis of their use and need to be stressed:  individual fibres (or elements of a continuous filament) weigh only a few micrograms  their length/width ratio is at least 1000:1  It is the basic structural element of textile products.  It is a smallest textile component which is microscopic hair like substance that may be manmade or natural. Textile Fiber: Textile fiber has some characteristics which differ between fiber to Textile fiber. Textile fiber can be spun into a yarn or made into a fabric by various methods including weaving, knitting, braiding, felting, and twisting. The essential requirements for fibers to be spun into yarn include a length of at least 5 millimeters, flexibility, cohesiveness, and sufficient strength. Other important properties include elasticity, fineness, uniformity, durability, and luster. Banana fiber is one kind of fiber but it is not a textile fiber. Because it can not fill up the above properties. So we can say that all fiber are not textile fiber. Cont…  ordinary textile fibres must be, at least partly, elastic up to breaking extensions between 5 and 50%.  This is an unusual intermediate range of extensibility, since glasses and crystalline solids are less extensible, whereas rubbers are much more extensible.  all textile fibers are partially oriented, linear polymers.  A remarkable fact is that almost all the general textile fibre market is met by six polymer types:  the natural polymers,  cellulose and proteins,  the synthetic (manufactured) polymers, polyamide, polyester, polyolefin and vinyl (including acrylic). Essential properties Textile Fibers  Basic Textile Fiber Properties  There are several primary properties necessary for a polymeric material to make an adequate fiber.  Certain other fiber properties increase its value and desirability in its intended end-use but are not necessary properties essential to make a fiber. Such secondary properties include :  moisture absorption characteristics,  fiber resiliency, abrasion resistance,  density,  luster,  chemical resistance,  thermal characteristics,  flammability. CONT..  Some Primary Properties of Textile Fibers are:  Fiber length to width ratio,  Fiber uniformity,  Fiber strength and flexibility,  Fiber extensibility and elasticity,  Fiber cohesiveness. CONT.  Length to Width Ratio: Fibrous material must possess adequate staple or fiber length and the length must be considerably higher (1000 times) then the width of the fiber. Length to Width Ratio of Some Typical Fiber as follows: Fiber Cotton Length to Width Ratio 1400 Wool Flax 8000 170 Silk 330000 • But to be a fiber the staple length must not be less than ½ inch. According to the length, the fibers may be classified into the following two categories: Staple Fiber, Filament Fiber Cont… Strength:  Strength of any material is determined by the breaking strength (that is tenacity strength) which express as force per unit cross-sectional area.  With this term (strength / tensile strength) we may describe the ability of a bundle of fiber of yarn to resist breakage under tension / load.  In case of describing the strength of individual fiber the term tenacity is usually used.  Tenacity :force per unit linear density That is, tenacity = breaking load/ mass per unit length Tenacity express as grams per tex(gtex) or grams per denier(gd). Tenacity of Some Common Fiber: Fiber Raw cotton Jute Flax Ramie Silk Wool Hemp Grams Per Denier 3.0 - 4.9 3.0 - 5.8 2.6 - 7.7 5.5 2.4 - 5.1 1.1 - 1.7 5.8 - 6.8 Cont… Flexibility:  It is one of the essential property of textile fiber.  The fibers should be sufficient by poliable, then only it can be wrapped around another fiber during spinning.  Many substance in nature resemble fibrous forms but they are note pratical fibers as they are stiff and brittle. Cohesiveness:  It may also be termed as spinning quality of fiber.  It is the property of an individual fiber by virtue of which the fibers are hold on to one another when the fibers are spun into yarns. Cont…. Uniformity:  It may describe the similarities in length of fiber which are spun into yarn.  To make a good quality yarn, it is important that the fibers must be similar in length and width in spinning quality and in flexibility .  There is no problem in producing uniform manmade fibers but for natural fiber uniformity is difficult to achieve.  So for natural fiber it is essential to blend many batches in order to manufacture good quality yarn and fabrics. Cont…. Elastic Recovery:  Elastic recovery is the percent to return from elongation towards its original length.  If a fiber returns to its original length from a specified amount of attenuation, it is said to have 100% elastic recovery at x-percent elongation.  Elastic recovery is expressed as percentage.  The elasticity or elastic recovery of a fiber is determined by several aspects like what type of load is applied and how many times it is held in the stretched position. CLASSIFICATION OF FIBRES  The history of Traces of natural fibers have been located to ancient civilizations all over the globe.  For many thousand years, the usage of fiber was limited by natural fibers such as flax, cotton, silk, wool and plant fibres for different applications.  Fibers can be divided into natural fibres and man-made or chemical fibres.  Flax is considered to be the oldest and the most used natural fibre since ancient times. Classification of Fibres  Natural Fibers  Vegetable Fibres  Animal Fibres  Mineral fibers Man Made fibers Regenerated fibres Synthetic fibres Inorganic fibres  Inorganic fibres Cont…  Classification of fibers can be done by:  Type(Natural and manufactured)  Length(Short staple, long staple, continuous filament)  Size(Ultra fine, fine, regular, course) Classification of Fibres NATURAL FIBRE  Any hair like raw material directly obtainable from an animal, vegetable or mineral source that can be convertible after spinning into yarns and then into fabric.  Under them there are various categories: Plant Animal minerals Cotton  Cotton is a soft fibre that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant .  cotton fibre grows in the seed pod or boll of the cotton plant . each fibre is a single elongated cell that is flat twisted and ribbon like with a wide inner hollow (lumen). Composition  90% cellulose,6% moisture and the remainder fats and impurities.  the outer surface is covered with a protective wax like coating which gives fibre an adhesive quality. PROPERTIES It has 8% moisture regain The cellulose is arranged in a way that gives cotton unique properties of strength, durability, and absorbency. it is fresh , crisp , comfortable ,absorbent , flexible, has no pilling problems and has good resistance to alkalis. it has poor wrinkle resistance, shrinkage, poor acid resistance , less abrasion resistance , susceptible to damage by moths and mildew, need slots of maintenance and stains are difficult to remove. its fibre length ranges from ½ inches to 2inches it has 10%increase in strength when wet. it has a flat twisted tube shape. ANIMAL FIBRES Animal fibers are natural fibers that consist largely of proteins such as silk, hair/fur, wool and feathers.  The most commonly used type of animal fiber is  Hair Fibres (Staple) ;Wool, Specialty hair fibres  Secretion Fibres(Filament) , Silk, Spider Silk(Insect fibre) SILK FIBRE silk is a natural fiber that can be woven into textiles. It is obtained from the cocoon of the silk worm larva, in the process known as sericulture  Properties  It’s a fine continuous strand unwound from the cocoon of a moth caterpillar known as the silkworm.  it is the longest and thinnest natural filament fibre with the longest filament around 3000yards.  it is relatively lustrous ,smooth, lightweight, strong and elastic.  it is essentially composed of protein fibre and is naturally a white coloured fiber. WOOL Wool is the fiber derived from the fur of animals principal properties  it has the highest moisture regain i.e., 14%.  it exhibits felting property and is easy to spin  due to crimp present in it, it has heat in stored within the length of the fibre is around 3-15 inches. Cont…  there are two types of wool namely clipped or fleece wool taken from live sheep and pulled wool removed from sheep already dead.  merino wool is the best grade of wool.  In addition to clothing, wool has been used as carpeting, felt, wool insulation POLYESTER Polyester is a category of polymers which contain theester functional group in their main c  The term "polyester" is most commonly used to refer to polyethylene terephthalate (PET). it has a high melting temperature it can be dyed with only disperse dyes they are thermoplastic, have good strength and are hydrophobic the fibre has a rod like shape with a smooth surface. it is lustrous and its hand is crisp. it has excellent resiliency and is the best wash and wear fabric. NYLON  Nylon is one of the most common polymers used as A fiber.  There are several forms of nylon depending up on chemical synthesis such as nylon 4, 6, 6.6, 6.10, 6.12,8,10 and 11.  Nylon is found in clothing all the time, but also in other places, in the form of a thermoplastic material. Cont…  Nylons are also called polyamides, because of the characteristic amide groups in the backbone chain.   These amide groups are very polar and are linked with each other with hydrogen bonds.  nylon is a regular and symmetrical fibre with crystalline regions and make fibers.  the fibre has a smooth rod like shape with a smooth surface Cont…  Natural rubber is essentially a polymer of isoprene units, a hydrocarbon dienemonomer.  Synthetic rubber can be made as a polymer of prene or various other monomers  The material properties of natural rubber make it an elastomer .  Rubber exhibits unique physical and chemical properties.  Rubber's stress-strain behavior exhibits the Mullins effect, the Payne effect and is often model her elastic. Thank you