Monday, July 30, 2012

Hydroentanglement of Tencel (1989)

The abstract below makes it look as if Duncan Rhodes and I collaborated on an article but there were two separate articles here, one on cotton and one on rayon.  Later Duncan (Technical Manager at Edward Hall - cotton bleachers) and I did collaborate on a study of cotton/Tencel blends in hydroentanglement but this has yet to appear in the abstracts.  I can also recall putting a tonne of Tencel through the Edward Hall kiers a few years after this in order to degrade it to make a faster fibrillating fibre.  (The optimisation of the Tencel process for textiles had stopped the easy fibrillation which was so attractive in the first HE nonwovens - circa 1986)  

This Chapter presents articles on the main raw materials used in the manufacture of spunlace products. A study of the importance of cotton in the textiles industry worldwide as well as its suitability for nonwovens is contained in 'Cotton: the natural fibre in nonwovens' (Rhodes D). This article examines the use of cotton in nonwovens and considers properties of nonwovens containing cotton which may be achieved for various applications. The benefits of combining spunlace technology and rayon fibres are outlined in 'Rayon used in spunlacing' (Woodings C R), which also describes the Tencel solvent spun cellulose process.

Rhodes D; Woodings C R, Spunlace Technology Today, edited by Vargas E, Chapter VI, pp 50-68, [San Francisco, CA, USA: Miller Freeman Publications, 1989, 146pp]

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