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  • A study of the relationship between bending rigidity and the ease of decortication of flax (Linum usitattisimum) straw.

    Author(s) : Waldron, D.Harwood, J.

    Author Affiliation : TEAM Research Group, Room 3.31 Gateway House, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH, UK.

    Author Email : dwaldron@dmu.ac.uk

    Journal article : Journal of Natural Fibers 2010 Vol.7 No.1 pp.42-60 ref.18

    Abstract : Sustainable crops such as flax can supplement world cotton supplies. Recovery of the fibers from the plants is a critical stage in the process, and optimization of the harvesting time is a significant factor. The mechanical decortication process is strongly influenced by the degree of retting and the mechanical properties of the flax straw. Changes in the plant morphology during maturation affect the stiffness of the straw and are assessed using three-point bending to determine the bending rigidity of the straw. Correlations between these data and the ease of decortication are investigated.

    ISSN : 1544-0478

    DOI : 10.1080/15440470903579226

    URL : http://www.taylorandfrancis.com

    Record Number : 20103155778

    Publisher : Taylor & Francis

    Location of publication : Philadelphia

    Country of publication : USA

    Language of text : English

    Language of summary : English

    Indexing terms for this abstract:

    Organism descriptor(s) : Linum usitatissimum

    Descriptor(s) : bending, correlation analysis, decortication, flax, linseed, mechanical properties, plant fibres, plant morphology, retting

    Identifier(s) : plant fibers

    Broader term(s) : Linum, Linaceae, Malpighiales, eudicots, angiosperms, Spermatophyta, plants, eukaryotes