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Glass fibre as a reinforcing material for composites
By Girendra Pal Singh

Composites are heterogeneous in nature, created by the assembly of two or more components with fillers or reinforcing fibres and a compactable matrix. The matrix may be metallic, ceramic or polymeric in origin. It gives the composites their shape, surface appearance, environmental tolerance and overall durability, while the fibrous reinforcement.

Development of Composite Materials using Braiding Technology
By Pradeep Kulshrestha

Braiding, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, is popular in the manufacture of industrial ropes, fabrics and structures for composite application, says Pradeep Kulshrestha

Wearable device for local hyperthermia
By Manoshika Ramasamy & Minyoung Suh

Medical instruments for hyperthermia can be more patient-friendly and functional. With a focus on different types of applicators and antennas, conventional hyperthermia devices are reviewed by Manoshika Ramasamy, College of Human Ecology, Kansas State University, Manhattan and Minyoung Suh, Ph.D., College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, Raleigh...

Water Hyacinth: A Promising textile fibre source
By Bhawana Chanana & Tanushree

Water hyacinth is a free-floating perennial plant that can grow to a height of 3 feet. It has striking light blue to violet flowers located on a terminal spike. Water hyacinth is a very aggressive invader and can form thick mats. If these mats cover the entire surface of the pond they can cause oxygen depletions and fish kills. Water hyacinths have to be controlled so they do not...

Super Absorbent Nonwovens for Protective Apparels
By V. K. Kothari and Soumyajit Sarkar

Introduction With the rapid technological development and progress, human beings have accepted the challenge of working in the increasingly hostile and adverse environment. Despite the growth of technology, work places still exist where we have to work in hot or/and humid conditions. Examples of such work areas include aerospace, firefighting, chemical warfare conditions, working in...

New Purview of Alacrity: Shape Memory Polymers (SMPS)
By Swati Sharma

Shape memory polymers come under the category of very smart materials. Very smart materials are those materials that can respond to change in environmental condition and manipulate themselves as per the surroundings. Shape Memory Polymers (SMPs) are stimuli-responsive polymers. They can change their shape to a fixed shape under specific set of conditions like temperature and stress and...

Glass Fibre
By Mrs Ayodya Kavitha, K. Shreyas & K.VijayaLakshmi

Glass fibre is a special type of synthetic fibre. It is also known as fibre glass that is a material consisting of numerous extremely fine fibres of glass. It is very strong fibre. The versatility of glass as a fibre makes it unique industrial textile material. Glass fibre in fabric form offers an excellent combination of properties from high strength

Shape Memory Polyurethane for Smart Garment
By Subrata Mondal, Jinlian Hu, Zhuohong Yang, Van Liu and Yau-shan Szeto

Shape memory is the ability of a material to remember its original shape, the material deformed into a temporary shape and returns to its original shape by external stimuli. The first materials known to have these properties were shape memory metal alloys (SMAs) which have been developed in 1960s.<br><br>Shape Memory Polymers (SMPs) are one type of shape memory materials defined as...

Optical brightening agents and their application on textiles
By Mahesh Shaw

Textile fibres, paper & plastics in raw state possess aesthetically undesirable brownish cast. Reason of it in natural fibres is presence of natural dyes & pigments & in manmade fibers it is attributable to thermal decomposition.

A Comparative Study of Low Stress Mechanical Properties on Wool/Wool Blend Fabrics
By Jimmy K C Lam and Ron Postle

The application of Fabric Objective Measurement (FOM) to fabric hand in terms of primary hand values and total hand value [1, 2] has several limitations. Firstly, the result of hand value can be by judgment (native or expert). Secondly, the interpretation of hand value (smoothness, stiffness or softness) is different from one country to another and therefore, the results obtained cannot ...

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