Block, Ira Department of Textiles-Consumer Economics, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland.
- Polymer characteristics
- Fiber production
- Filament drawing
- Cellulosic Fibers
- Acetate and triacetate
- Petroleum-Based Fibers
- High-performance fibers
- Inorganic Fibers
- Heterogeneous Fibers
- Fiber Properties
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Any of a number of textile fibers produced from chemical substances of natural origin or synthetic origin; the latter are also known as synthetic fibers. Among the natural sources of manufactured fibers are plant cellulose and protein, rubber, metals, and nonmetallic inorganics. The synthetic fibers are produced from organic intermediates derived from petroleum, coal, and natural gas.
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