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Effect of Tension on Water Absorption by Hair

Naturevolume 168pages521522 (1951) | Download Citation

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IT seems to be generally assumed that the application of tensile stress to a textile fibre should reduce the amount of absorbed water in equilibrium with water vapour in the atmosphere at a given value of the relative humidity1. This assumption would appear to be substantiated by the recent work of White and Stam2 on human hair, in which a substantially reversible reduction of water content amounting to 50 per cent was found to occur on the application of a tensile stress of approximately 120 kgm./cm.2.

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  1. British Rayon Research Association and Davy Faraday Laboratory, Royal Institution, London, W.1

    • L. R. G. TRELOAR

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