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Studies on Indian silk. II. Structure–property correlations

Authors

  • Kushal Sen,

    1. Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016, India
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  • Murugesh Babu K

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    1. Department of Textile Technology, Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology, Davangere 577 004, Karnataka, India
    • Department of Textile Technology, Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology, Davangere 577 004, Karnataka, India
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Abstract

This second in a series of articles deals with studies on the structure and physical properties of five varieties of Indian silk: two mulberry (bivoltine and crossbreed) and three nonmulberry (tasar, muga, and eri). A detailed analysis of the microstructural parameters and mechanical properties was reported. Significant differences between and within the varieties with respect to microstructural parameters (crystallinity, density, birefringence, dichroic ratio, sonic modulus, etc.), as well as the effect of microstructural parameters on mechanical properties, were discussed. Some of the observations made on the inverse stress relaxation behavior of the different silk varieties were also reported. The extent of variation of these morphological parameters was found to correlate well with the mechanical properties. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 92: 1098–1115, 2004

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