4B1_0183_ DECREASING INTER-FIBER FRICTION WITH LUBRICANTS FOR EFFICIENT MECHANICAL RECYCLING OF TEXTILES

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Katarina Lindström

Therese Sjöblom

Anders Persson

Nawar Kadi

Published Aug 14, 2019

Abstract

To decrease the environmental burden of the textile industry and at the same time reduce textile waste, the fibers of discarded textiles can be re-used into new yarns and fabrics. The shortening of fibers during mechanical shredding direct the use of the recovered fibers to low value products. With the use of a lubricant pre-treatment on cotton and polyester fabrics, we decreased the friction during shredding. The reduction in friction was shown with a developed inter-fiber friction test. Further, the pre-treatment was shown to give longer recovered fibers and eliminate melted areas in polyester material.


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