The Orthotropic Behavior of Paper: Fracture and Wetting Properties

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Program: Materials Science and Engineering

Paper is a very common and accessible material. Due to its cellulose fiber makeup and mode of processing, it is an orthotropic material, meaning it has different material properties along three perpendicular axes. Its mechanical properties are dependent on the amount of alignment of the fibers and the orientation relative to the direction of most alignment. In this study, we aimed to determine the affects of alignment on paper’s fracture and wetting properties, and how these properties vary for papers that have been processed differently.

Dr. Patricia McGuiggan

Team Members

  • Lillie Shelton

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