Polarized Light Microscopy Digital Image Gallery

Polypropylene Fibers

Though highly desirable for many purposes, certain drawbacks to polypropylene use have limited its exploitation in some areas, such as the traditional textile industry. The fibers poor dyeability and texturizability, for instance, have played a significant role in the notable rarity of polypropylene in most clothing and apparel items. Other negative facets of the material are its low melting point, flammability, weak thermal stability, and poor adhesion to glues and latex. Though many of these problematic aspects may be significantly improved with the addition of other materials or by changing processing conditions, doing so is often a cost prohibitive action.


© 1995-2013 by Michael W. Davidson and The Florida State University. All Rights Reserved. No images, graphics, software, scripts, or applets may be reproduced or used in any manner without permission from the copyright holders. Use of this website means you agree to all of the Legal Terms and Conditions set forth by the owners.
This website is maintained by our
Graphics & Web Programming Team
in collaboration with Optical Microscopy at the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Last modification: Thursday, Nov 20, 2003 at 03:51 PM
Access Count Since November 20, 2003: 6139
Microscopes provided by:
Visit the Nikon website. Visit the Olympus Microscopy Resource Center website.