Application of electro-technologies in processing of flax fiber

Gopu R. Nair, Denis Rho, G. S. Vijaya Raghavan

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-35
Number of pages15
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Electro-osmosis
  • Flax fiber
  • Microwave
  • Non-thermal
  • Retting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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