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a mechanical method of separating the fibrous part from the woody part of the stalks of textile plants (dogbane, kenaf, balloonflower, and hemp) without preliminary wetting. The bast produced by stripping differs from the fiber of ordinary processing in that the fiber is not freed from its pectic and other adhesive substances.
The removal of volatile component from a liquid by vaporization. The stripping operation is an important step in many industrial processes which employ absorption to purify gases and to recover valuable components from the vapor phase. In such processes, the rich solution from the absorption step must be stripped in order to permit recovery of the absorbed solute and recycle of the solvent. See Gas absorption operations
Stripping may be accomplished by pressure reduction, the application of heat, or the use of an inert gas (stripping vapor). Many processes employ a combination of all three; that is, after absorption at elevated pressure, the solvent is flashed to atmospheric pressure, heated, and admitted into a stripping column which is provided with a bottom heater (reboiler). Solvent vapor generated in the rebolier or inert gas injected at the bottom of the column serves as stripping vapor which rises countercurrently to the downflowing solvent. When steam is used as stripping vapor for a system not miscible with water, the process is called steam stripping.
In addition to its use in conjunction with gas absorption, the term stripping is also used quite generally in technical fields to denote the removal of one or more components from a mixed system. Such usage covers (1) the distillation operation which takes place in a distilling column in the zone below the feed point, (2) the extraction of one or more components from a liquid by contact with a solvent liquid, (3) the removal of organic or metal coatings from solid surfaces, and (4) the removal of color from dyed fabrics. See Electroplating of metals, Solvent extraction