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Activity of the Cross-Institutional Group of Researchers in the Project “Investigation of Latvian Renewable Raw Materials – Flax and Hemp Products for Development of Innovative Technologies and New Functional Materials”

By Guntis Strazds, Dana Beļakova and Inese Ziemele


A research project is being carried out in Riga Technical University, Institute of Textile Materials Technology and Design, which main goal is to create new and innovative materials with high added value by processing renewable resources grown in Latvia (hemp and flax), to favour the development of the national economy and expand the exposure of materials friendly to the humans and nature. The estimated results of the project: 1. The evaluation of the sorts of hemp and flax appropriate for the local conditions, the research of the latest cultivation technology agro-technical parameters; 2. Research of the characteristics of flax and hemp fibre; 3. Modification of flax and hemp fibre and their products to ensure the necessary characteristics of the end product; 4. Research of fibre felt or non-woven material furniture, interior and building inner decoration material usage possibilities. Several working groups from different institutions located in different regions of Latvia are involved in the implementation of the project – Riga Technical University (Textile Material Technology and Design Institute; Polymer material technology department); Agricultural Science Centre of Latgale; The University of Latvia (Institute of Biology, Institute of Solid State Physics), as well as the Genetic Resource Centre of the Latvian State Forestry Research Institute, which requests for a specific project work organization. The goal of the article is to reflect the experience in organizing, managing and implementing such projects, showing the cooperation model between institutions from different industries

Topics: Latvian renewable resources, hemp and flax
Publisher: G.Asachi Technical University of Iasi
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