Date of Award


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Paper Science and Engineering


The purpose of this thesis was to discover if there was a way to remove or destroy the polyester from rags and leave the cotton in a form which is beneficial to the paper industry. An attempt was made to break up the rags, remove the polyester and evaluate the remaining cotton. The tests were attempted on a fibrous combination of cotton and polyester.

The general trend found that the chemical treatments to the rags from the textile mills gave additional problems and should be investigated.