Indian Journal of Fibre & Textile Research
Vol. 31, June 2006, pp. 274-278


Varietal response of jute fibres with varying meshiness to alkali treatment:
Part II—Properties of alkali-treated jute fibres


R K Varshney , R K Singh, A K Sengupta & V K Kothari

Revised received 4 April 2005; accepted 11 April 2005

Different varieties of jute fibres each with different levels of meshiness index have been treated under three different conditions of NaOH solution, namely 9% conc./2°C temp. (9/2), 18% conc./30ºC temp. (18/30), and 18% conc./10ºC temp. (18/10). Loss in weight and amount of shrinkage and their relationship with the change in tenacity and breaking extension of fibres have been studied. It is observed that the concentration and temperature of NaOH solution along with the degree of opening have considerable effect on the properties of fibres. Out of the three conditions, 18/10 is found to be more effective in developing desirable characteristics of breaking extension and tenacity with sufficient crimps for better spinning performance and better blend compatibility with other natural and man-made fibres.

Keywords: Alkali treatment, Hemicellulose, Jute reeds, Lignin, Meshiness index

IPC Code: Int. Cl.8 D01F11/00, D06M11/00