Green Cotton Composites From Discounted Cotton for Automotive and Industrial Applications – Continuation
This project’s overarching goal is to create high-end market opportunities for low micronaire cotton by developing greener composites. Already, scientists in the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health have optimized a needle-punching nonwoven line process that can handle coarse/low micronaire cotton.
In this ongoing effort, they will be: 1) exploring new areas of application for discounted cottons; 2) manufacturing compostable composites using low micronaire cotton that find applications in automobiles; 3) effectively utilizing needle-punching and thermal-bonding technologies to develop cotton composites that find use in semi-structural and industrial applications; 4) determining the best combinations of materials and processing conditions to produce good quality cotton composites from discounted cottons; 5) evaluating the cotton composites from low quality cottons for their critical performance related properties; and 6) promoting cotton-based composites by presenting research results and providing samples to prospective customers/industries.
Appropriate nonwoven and automotive industries will be contacted, and it is anticipated that potential products will be made available to the industry by mid-2009. Hopefully, new value-added markets will be created for low micronaire cotton not only in the United States but in Europe and Asia.