Acetate Fiber | Characteristics of Acetate Fiber | Major End Uses of Acetate

Acetate Fiber: 
A manufactured fiber in which the fiber-forming substance is called cellulose acetate (FTC definition). Acetate ismanufactured by treating purified cellulose refined from cotton linters and/or wood pulp with acetic anhydride in the presence of a catalyst. The resultant product, cellulose acetate flake, is precipitated, purified, dried, and dissolved in acetone to prepare the spinning solution. After filtration, the highly viscous solution is extruded through spinnerets into a column of warm air in which the acetone is evaporated, leaving solid continuous filaments of cellulose acetate. The evaporated acetone is recovered using a solvent recovery system to prepare additional pinning solution. The cellulose acetate fibers are intermingled and wound onto a bobbin or shippable metier cheese package, ready for use without further chemical processing. In the manufacture of staple fiber, the filaments from numerous spinnerets are combined into tow form, crimped, cut to the required length, and packaged in bales.
Acetate Fiber
Characteristics of Acetate Fiber: 
Luxurious appearance, Crisp or soft hand Wide range of colors; dyes and prints well, Excellent drape ability and softness, Shrink, moth, and mildew resistant, Low moisture absorbency, relatively fast drying, No pilling problem, little static problem, Most acetate garments require dry-cleaning.

Major End Uses of Acetate:  
  1. Apparel- Blouses, dresses, linings, special occasion apparel, 
  2. Home Fashion - Draperies, upholstery, curtains, bedspreads.


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