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Title: Reducing silk fibrillation through MMA graft method
Authors: Shang, S 
Zhu, L
Chen, W
Yi, L
Qi, D
Yang, L
Keywords: Graft polymerization
Methyl methacrylate (MMA)
Silk fiber fibrillation
Silk modification
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Springer
Source: Fibers and polymers, 2010, v. 10, no. 6, p. 807-812 How to cite?
Journal: Fibers and polymers 
Abstract: Silk fibrillation, one major weakness of silk fibers, can lead to undesirable fabric appearance. In this research, an effective method for reducing the fibrillation of silk fibers through the graft copolymerization with methyl methacrylate (MMA) has been developed. The major copolymerization factors such as the initiator concentration, MMA monomer concentration, reaction time and temperature were investigated. An AATCC Crockmeter was used to rub the fabric to simulate the abrasion in production to generate the fibrillation. The microscope observation and the evaluation of fibrillation index (FI) were applied to assess the degree of fibrillation of silk fibers. The optimum graft copolymerization factors were obtained. Instrumental analyses, such as FTIR, TG and SEM, proved that the silk fabric had been successfully grafted with MMA monomers. The fibrillation of the grafted silk fibers was considerably reduced since the coated PMMA can protect the silk fiber. In addition, the physical properties such as the crease recovery, breaking strength, and the breaking length of the grafted silk fabrics were also improved.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/24805
ISSN: 1229-9197
EISSN: 1875-0052
DOI: 10.1007/s12221-009-0807-0
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