Flax fibers sorption properties influenced by different pretreatment processes

Tatjana Kreže*, Severina Iskrač, Majda Sfiligoj Smole, Karin Stana Kleinschek, Simona Strnad, Darinka Fakin

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The sorption behavior of raw and treated flax fibers was investigated. This paper presents the effect of conventional pretreatment processes (alkaline, acid) in comparison to environmentally friendly enzymatic processes on the sorption ability of flax fibers. Weight-loss, moisture sorption, water retention value and contact angle were determined in order to interpret the pretreatment results. In addition, the influence of the process on the fibers' mechanical properties was studied. The ecological parameters of the treatment wastewaters were analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-37
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Natural Fibers
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Contact angle
  • Ecology
  • Flax fibers
  • Pretreatment
  • Water sorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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