Evaluation of Milkweed Floss as an Insulative Fill Material

  title={Evaluation of Milkweed Floss as an Insulative Fill Material},
  author={Patricia Cox Crews and Shiela A. Sievert and Lisa Thorson Woeppel and Elizabeth A. Mccullough},
  journal={Textile Research Journal},
  pages={203 - 210}
Milkweed, a perennial plant that can adapt to adverse soil conditions, is being developed as an alternative crop. Fiber characterization and potential market iden tification are critical to its development. The most promising commercial use for milkweed floss is as a loose fill for jackets and comforters. The purpose of this research was to evaluate milkweed floss as an insulative fill material and to compare its per formance to other insulators. Seven identical jackets were constructed using… 
Influence of Milkweed Fiber Length on Textile Product Performance
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Manuscript received July 3
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