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Table 4 Dimensional changes of fibres due to moisture absorption from different studies a

From: Fibre attributes and mapping the cultivar influence of different industrial cellulosic crops (cotton, hemp, flax, and canola) on textile properties

Fibres Dimensional changes of fibres
Transverse swelling (%) Longitudinal swelling (%) Volume swelling (%)
Diameter (%) Area (%)
Cotton 20 40 1.1 42
Mercerized cotton 17 46 0.1
Acetate 9 6 0.3
Wool 14.8 25 1.2 36
Silk 16 19 1.3 30
Nylon 1.9 1.6 1.5 8.1
  1. a (Morton and Hearle, 2008; Booth, 1968; Saville, 1999)