General Discussion

1.  Flax Fibres

Posted 15 days ago

I am interested in linking up with anybody who is involved with the use of natural fibres such as flax in commercial / industrial composites. My specific area of interest is concerned with the structural attributes of flax fibres and how this may impact upon their use in composites
I look forward to feed back from fellow SAMPE Members

Best Wishes


Patrick L O'Brien  B.Sc (NUI) M.Sc (NUI)  MPhil (Ulster University) FCIWEM (UK) CEnv (UK) CSci (UK)  CWEM (UK) MIChemE (UK) MCIWM (UK) M.I.Biol.I(Irl)

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2.  RE: Flax Fibres

Posted 14 days ago
Hi Patrick,

I encourage you to contact Sunstrand LLC as they are working with flax in this area.  Likewise, we are working on the physical testing of natural fibers, including flax, in my lab for industrial use.  The problem is not an easy one, but I would happy to talk with you directly if you like.


Jared W. Nelson
SUNY New Paltz

3.  RE: Flax Fibres

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Posted 14 days ago
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I made a saddle using natural fiber composites while exploring these materials at CCA. Flax is an interesting starting point, although silk and hemp are likely to provide a better strength-to-weight ratio. Haven't seen any testing, though. Would love to know more about this project

4.  RE: Flax Fibres

Posted 13 days ago

Patrick: At some point the flax fiber that is developed by your team for commercial applications has to be incorporated into a thermoplastic or thermoset polymer of Portland cement composition.


At the Nano-interface where the flax and polymer (or any dissimilar material meet), the flax and polymer must be bonded atomically in order to maintain long term aging properties and overcome any of the normal deficiencies that occur with any material.


My Mission is to teach the more efficient use of raw materials such as flax using 1.5-nanometer organometallic titanates and zirconates.


Summary:  We can couple the flax to a polymer with titanates and just like silanes couple fiberglass. 


When you have a specific program to develop a product and process – I can supply you with a titanate in a product form with application details.




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Salvatore J. Monte

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5.  RE: Flax Fibres

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Posted 13 days ago
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I have a question, do basalt fibers fall into the category of natural fibers?

6.  RE: Flax Fibres

Posted 13 days ago
No, basalt fiber is made from "basalt" which is rock material. It is not a "natural fiber" like hemp, flax, jute, etc. 
Please see the following link:

Scott Beckwith
BTG Composites Inc.
Taylorsville UT

7.  RE: Flax Fibres

Posted 10 days ago
Basalt is not a natural fibre, but is made from natural volcanic material without significant reformulation, i.e. just melting and spinning.
Conversely, bamboo can be a natural fibre, but much of what is on the market as "bamboo fibre" is reconstituted cellulose, rather than raw unprocessed fibre where the solvents used may not be environmentally friendly!

John Summerscales
Professor of Composites Engineering
University of Plymouth
Plymouth, United Kingdom.

8.  RE: Flax Fibres

Posted 12 days ago
We do not use, manufacture or sell natural fibers for composites but we do sell polypropylene fiber for use with natural fibers in composites. If I can be of assistance please contact me.

Robert Amick
Technical Service/Sales Manager
Ridgeway VA