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DEMONSTRATION OF NEW HARVESTING AND BREAKING DOWN PROCESSES FOR FLAX AND HEMP SHORT FIBRES

Objective

EEIC-EUROLEIN will demonstrate a new harvesting technique for fibre flax with straw in tangled and parallel deposition and a mobile scutching in the field. For hemp the traditional way of harvesting will be retained. Breaking down of the flax fibres will be done by steam explosion and ultrasonic technology and by mechanical break down. The steam explosion and the ultrasonic processes are succeeded by washing and drying processes. The following purification of the broken down fibres has to be done by textile machinery (carding,...) resulting in flax short fibres. The machinery in spinning and weaving industry has to be adapted to the short fibres in a series of semi industrial tests. For hemp break down the enzymatic treatment will be used additionally. A part of the hemp short fibres will be mixed with other components to make spinning tests for drawing up new hemp fibre utilization in the textile sector. The different types of fibres out of all processes will be tested regarding their properties as natural component for reducing man-made fibres. All produced short fibres shall be tested for use in the papermill industry. The most important objective during the 3 years is drawing up of a technical chain using all kind of fibres in different branches of industry with the highest dependency on fibre quality, length and so on.

Funding Scheme

DEM - Demonstration contracts

Coordinator

EWIV - Eurolein
Address
Am Hoschenhof 2
47506 Neukirchen
Germany

Participants (6)

CELULOSA DE LEVANTE S.A.
Spain
Address
Carretera Commarcal 237 Km 3.7
43500 Tortosa
Comité Économique Agricole de la Production du Chanvre
France
Address
30 Rue Paul Ligneul
72000 Le Mans
ECCO GLEITTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Salzsteinstraße 4
8124 Seeshaupt
EUROPAISCHE WIRTSCHAFTLICHE INTERESSENVEREINIGUNG - EUROLEIN
Germany
Address
Ann Hoschenhof 2 Halle 1
4133 Neukirchen
INSTITUT TECHNIQUE AGRICOLE DU LIN
France
Address
5 Rue Cardinal Mercier
75009 Paris
SETRAL SA
France
Address
Rue Tannmuhle
67310 Romanswiller