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Processing of gel-spun poly(b-hydroxybutyrate) fibers

Gordeyev, S.A. and Nekrasov, Y.P. and Shilton, S.J. (2001) Processing of gel-spun poly(b-hydroxybutyrate) fibers. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 81 (9). pp. 2260-2264. ISSN 0021-8995

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Abstract

Poly(β-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) is a bacteria storage biodegradable polyester that is considered to be a natural substitute for synthetic thermoplastics in many applications. However, brittleness hampers its utility. This study shows that oriented elastic fibers of PHB with favorable mechanical properties (360-MPa tensile strength and 5.6-GPa Young's modulus) can be produced by the spinning and drawing of a concentrated PHB gel using a three-stage fiber processing technique