This is a comprehensive work by industrial and academic specialists on the chemistry, physics, process technology, applications and markets for man-made cellulosic fibers. It covers the properties and applications of viscose rayon, cupprammonium rayon and solvent-spun fibers as well as considering their relationships with the natural cellulosics such as cotton and the synthetic polymer fibers such as polyester. Published in association with The Textile Institute.
Calvin Woodings obtained BSc in Chemistry at Loughborough University on a Courtaulds scholarship before joining their Viscose Research Laboratory in 1966 to develop hollow fibres and their applications. After 28 years in cellulosic fibre research, the last 10 as a Research Fellow, he became the Director responsible for developing industrial markets for lyocell in the newly formed Tencel division. He retired from Courtaulds a month before the Akzo-Nobel takeover that resulted in the formation of Accordis in 1998. He now runs a consultancy specialising in new market and new product development for the fibre and nonwoven industries.