FET Fibre Line

  • Cristina Valles (Academic lead),
  • Jonny Blaker (Academic lead),
  • Chloe Loveless (Senior Technical Specialist) &
  • Nicola Jones (Technical Specialist)

Facility/equipment: Equipment

    Equipments Details

    Description

    The FET-200 series fibre line has the ability to extrude in both ‘wet’ and ‘melt’ spinning modes.

    Wet

    The FET wet line is capable of spinning a wide range of different fibre types with a variety of solvent* and polymer combinations.

    The FET wet line has 5 modules, including wet-spinning engine (consisting of temperature-controlled dope tank, extruder, and coagulation bath with recirculation), wash and drying tank, haul-off module, winders, and the control panel.

    The dope solution is metered into the coagulation bath to produce fibres. The fibres are then drawn through a wash tank, dried and wound onto a spool.

    *Note that due to the control measures in place, the system is currently limited to aqueous and ionic liquids in the coagulation bath

    Melt

    The FET melt line is a large single screw extruder capable of making both mono-filament and multi-filament fibres. The system can be used to extrude polymers (virgin and recycled).

    The FET has 5 heating zones down the screw, a melt pump, die house and spinneret, which can each be individually programmed to the desired temperature.

    There is a haul-off module with a temperature-controlled infrared drying area, leading to the winder where the fibres are collected on a spool.

    Once running, the system can be run in ‘automatic’ mode, where the system alters the screw speed to maintain constant pressure while the extruder is operating.

    To request training follow the 'website' link. Please note you must have completed the necessary H&S inductions for the Royce Hub Building and L6 laboratories prior to requesting training.

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