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Abstract: A rigid, self-supporting material derived from flax tow was prepared and its mechanical, thermal, hydrous, and acoustic properties were investigated. The study was performed to determine if this material would be a viable option for use as a biodegradable thermal and acoustic insulation in walls. The effect of flax-tow size after grinding on these properties was also investigated. It was determined that increasing the flax-tow size resulted in a reduction in the mechanical properties of the material; however, the thermal conductivity also decreased and the acoustic absorption coefficient increased with increasing flax-tow size.

Reference: Industrial Crops and Products 34 (2011) 921–928

DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2011.02.012