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Journal of Environmental Nanotechnology

(A Quarterly Peer-reviewed and Refereed International Journal)
ISSN(Print):2279-07 48; ISSN(Online):2319-5541

Application of Novel Fibres of Crotalaria Burhia for Rope, Rooftop Cover and Mat Production


Crotalaria Burhia (local name Siniya) is a common shrub in arid west of India. These are consumed as fodder by goats and camels in extreme conditions of scarcity of other conventional fodder. Hence due to availability, Crotalaria Burhia is traditionally used for manufacturing ropes, and mats. This rural technology is now a rare process and thus becoming obsolete. This article provides a support in reviving this rural traditional technology by expounding about the tensile strength, availability and manufacturing ease as well as sustainability of the products manufactured from this shrub. In this study the above said parameters for Crotalaria Burhia are vetted against the other local natural and inorganic synthetic fibres used for similar purposes such as Leptadenia Pyrotechnica (local name Khimpda) and Calotropis Procera (local name Akara). It is implicated from the study that Crotalaria Burhia is better and more viable for rope, rooftop cover and mat production.

Article Type: Research Article

Corresponding Author: Lovelesh Dave 1  

Email: ldave@iitj.ac.in

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Lovelesh Dave 1*,  Pankaj Jakhar 2,  Sandeep Gupta 3,  Raj Kumar Satankar 4,  Amrita Kaurwar 5,  Devaiah Soyam 6,  Larry C Brown 7,  Anand Plappally 8.  

1, 3, 4, 5, 6. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Old residency Road, Ratanada, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

2. Civil Engineering Department, Government Polytechnic College, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

7. Food Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States.

8. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

J. Environ. Nanotechnol., Volume 6, No. 2 pp. 36-39
ISSN: 2279-0748 eISSN: 2319-5541
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