Structure-Property Relationships of Wool from Coarse Fibre Breeds of Sheep in United Kingdom

  • Subhadeep Paul (Speaker)
  • Hewitt, A. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Goswami, P. (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)
  • Sohel Rana (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Coarse wool fibres from UK sheep breeds have a very limited and low value use in terms of their application. This low price point saw countless examples of farmers burning their sheep's wool in fields as it wasn't worth the cost of transporting it for processing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study looks to examine the structure-property relationships of these wool fibres to establish new end-use applications in technical textiles. The surface morphology and the thermodynamics and kinetics of dyeing using acid dyes were studied, which showed significant differences between breeds in both physical and chemical properties, which influence sorption properties. The rate of dye diffusion to the wool fibres showed a correlation with their physical properties which tells us about the chemical reactivity of the material. These differences may be exploited for novel applications by wool industries which can have alternative and sustainable textile products used in specific sectors like automotive, household, medical and construction areas.
Period4 Jul 2023
Event title92nd Textile Institute World Conference: Sustainability of the Textile and Fashion Supply Chain – Transitioning to Zero Carbon and Zero Waste
Event typeConference
Conference number92
LocationHuddersfield, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational