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Fibers 2013, 1(2), 21-35; doi:10.3390/fib1020021

Application of Electro-Technologies in Processing of Flax Fiber

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1 Bioresource Engineering Department, McGill University, 21,111 Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9, Canada 2 Biotechnology Research Institute, 6100 Royalmount Avenue Montreal, Quebec H4P 2R2, Canada
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Received: 23 July 2013 / Revised: 1 August 2013 / Accepted: 19 August 2013 / Published: 30 August 2013
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Flax fibers used for various applications are obtained from flax stems. Retting followed by drying and mechanical separation leads to the production of fibers. This review article discusses the application of electro-technologies in the production of bast fibers from the flax stem. In these technologies, flax stems harvested from the field are subjected to microwave assisted retting, followed by electro–osmotic dewatering which reduces the water content of the stems. Dewatered stems are transferred to a microwave chamber for further drying, thus retted stems are obtained for further processing.
Keywords: flax fiber; electro-osmosis; microwave; non-thermal; retting flax fiber; electro-osmosis; microwave; non-thermal; retting
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Nair, G.R.; Rho, D.; Raghavan, G.S.V. Application of Electro-Technologies in Processing of Flax Fiber. Fibers 2013, 1, 21-35.

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