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Fibers 2014, 2(3), 240-241; doi:10.3390/fib2030240

The Fibrous Form Confers Unique Properties on Materials

Community & Environmental Health, Department of Medicine, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697, USA
Received: 20 August 2014 / Accepted: 20 August 2014 / Published: 22 August 2014
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The main distinguishing feature of the fiber is simply that it is a particle where the ratio of length to width ratio is very large. This provides connectivity between two relatively remote areas. Such linkage may confer strength through physical linkage or may relate primarily to information transfer. In the inorganic world, fibers can originate as a result of the process by which the solid material is condensed from the corresponding liquid form. Man-made fibrous materials are essentially polymers of a single or several molecular species repeated many times, or, in the case of metals, chains of elemental atoms. A host of man-made fibers have been developed in the last 50 years. A large range of uses has been found for these products. These include clothing, upholstery, fiber optic cables, filters, insulation, electromagnetic screening, and boat and aircraft construction. [...] View Full-Text
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Bondy, S.C. The Fibrous Form Confers Unique Properties on Materials. Fibers 2014, 2, 240-241.

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