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Tensile Strength and Dispersibility of Pulp/Danufil Wet-Laid Hydroentangled Nonwovens

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Engineering Research Center of Technical Textiles, Ministry of Education, College of Textiles, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China
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Textile Technology, School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Materials 2019, 12(23), 3931; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12233931
Received: 23 October 2019 / Revised: 19 November 2019 / Accepted: 25 November 2019 / Published: 27 November 2019
Wet-laid hydroentangled nonwovens are widely used for disposable products, but these products generally do not have good dispersibility and can block sewage systems after being discarded into toilets. In this study, both pulp fibers and Danufil fibers are selected as we hypothesize that the high wet strength and striated surface of Danufil fibers would allow us to produce nonwovens with better dispersibility while having enough mechanical properties. The wet strength and dispersibility of nonwovens are systematically studied by investigating the influence of the fiber blend ratio, fiber length, and water jet pressure. The results indicate that the percent dispersion could be as high as 81.3% when the wet strength is higher than 4.8 N, which has been improved greatly comparing the percent dispersion of 67.6% reported before. View Full-Text
Keywords: tensile strength; dispersibility; nonwovens; wet-laid; hydroentanglement. tensile strength; dispersibility; nonwovens; wet-laid; hydroentanglement.
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Deng, C.; Gong, R.H.; Huang, C.; Zhang, X.; Jin, X.-Y. Tensile Strength and Dispersibility of Pulp/Danufil Wet-Laid Hydroentangled Nonwovens. Materials 2019, 12, 3931.

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