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Book coverSynthetic fibres: Nylon, polyester, acrylic, polyolefin

Edited by J E McIntyre, Professor Emeritus of Textile Industries, University of Leeds, UK

Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles No. 36

This book is confidently recommended as essential reading for all those involved with research and development, production and processing of synthetic fibres.
Textile Month

This book will be of interest and of great use to a variety of readers, including academics that teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
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Each chapter provides good depth of coverage and references to sources of more advanced information.
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 - comprehensive overview of four major fibres

Synthetic fibres account for about half of all fibre usage, with applications in every field of fibre and textile technology. Although many classes of fibre based on synthetic polymers have been evaluated as potentially valuable commercial products, four of them - nylon, polyester, acrylic and polyolefin - dominate the market. These four account for approximately 98% by volume of synthetic fibre production, with polyester alone accounting for around 60%.

Synthetic fibres: nylon, polyester, acrylic, polyolefin provides a brief history of the early evaluations that led to this situation, then looks in detail at the development and present status of each class in four substantial chapters. Synthesis of chemical intermediates, polymerisation methods, fibre spinning and orientation technology, texturing techniques, production of microfibres, and chemical variants, e.g. for modified dyeability, are considered in detail. This comprehensive and accessible book will appeal to textile technologists in industrial and academic research, chemical and synthetic fibre suppliers, and yarn and fabric manufacturers.

Published in association with The Textile Institute

ISBN 1 85573 588 1
ISBN-13: 978 1 85573 588 0
October 2004
308 pages  234 x 156mm  hardback  
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About the editor

Professor J E McIntyre graduated in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews and worked for ICI Fibres in research and research management before being appointed to the chair of Textile Industries at the University of Leeds, which he held for 16 years.

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Historical background
J E McIntyre, Professor Emeritus of Textile Industries, University of Leeds, UK
 - Fibres from chain-growth polymers
 - Fibres from step-growth polymers
 - Elastomeric fibres
 - Overview: nylon, acrylic, polyester and polypropylene
 - References

Nylon fibres
A F Richards, formerly Bolton Institute, Bolton, U.K.
 - Chemical structures
 - Polymerisation
 - Fibre production
 - Fibre properties
 - Fibre modification
 - Colouration
 - Applications
 - Recycling
 - References

Polyester fibres
A J East, Brooklake Polymers, USA
 - Brief history of polyesters
 - PET polymer: raw materials, intermediates, polymer synthesis and polymer properites
 - Cyclohexanedimethanol polyesters
 - Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
 - Polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT or PPT)
 - Biodegradable polyester fibres
 - Melt-spinning polyester fibres and associated processing
 - Modification of polyester fibres
 - Dyeing polyesters
 - Bi component fibres and microfibres
 - World markets, future trends and conclusion
 - Acknowledgements
 - References

Acrylic fibres
R Cox, Acordis Acrylic fibres, UK
 - Chemical intermediates
 - Polymerisation techniques
 - Fibre production techniques
 - Physical properties and structure of fibres
 - Chemical variants
 - Fibre variants
 - End-use survey
 - References

Polyolefin fibres
R R Mather, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Introduction and commercial advantages and disadvantages
 - Molecular configuration
 - Production of polyolefins
 - Polyolefin structures
 - Fibre production Additives
 - Colouration of polyolefin fibres
 - Properties of PP and PE fibres Hard-elastic fibres
 - Processing-structure-property relationships
 - Applications
 - Recycling
 - Future trends
 - Conclusion
 - Acknowledgment
 - References

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