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The water vapor sorption behavior of natural fibers.

Hill, Callum, Norton, Andrew and Newman, Gary (2009) The water vapor sorption behavior of natural fibers. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 112 (3). pp. 1524-1537. ISSN 0021-8995

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    Abstract/Description

    The water vapor sorption behavior of a range of natural fibers (jute, flax, coir, cotton, hemp, Sitka spruce) has been studied. The data was analyzed using the Hailwood Horrobin model for isotherm fitting and determination of monolayer moisture content. The extent of hysteresis exhibited between the adsorption and desorption isotherms was dependent upon fiber type studied and was larger with high lignin compared to low lignin content fibers. The area bounded by the hysteresis loop decreased as the isotherms were performed at progressively higher temperatures. This behavior is consistent with sorption interactions occurring with a glassy solid below the glass transition temperature. The Hailwood Horrobin model was found to provide good fits to the experimental data.

    Item Type: Article
    Print ISSN: 0021-8995
    Electronic ISSN: 1097-4628
    Uncontrolled Keywords: adsorption; biofibers; hysteresis; swelling; water vapor;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 500 Science > 540 Chemistry > 547 Organic chemistry
    500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany) > 580 Plants (Botany)
    Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
    Item ID: 3584
    Depositing User: Professor Callum Hill
    Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 11:48
    Last Modified: 10 Oct 2013 16:42
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3584

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