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Abaca as a reinforcement fibre for softwood pulp
Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science, Department of Chemical Engineering. Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences, Paper Surface Centre.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5864-4576
Karlstad University, Faculty of Technology and Science.
2007 (English)In: TAPPI Journal, ISSN 0734-1415, Vol. 6, no 10, 25-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 6, no 10, 25-32 p.
National Category
Chemical Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-1907OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-1907DiVA: diva2:5001
Available from: 2007-10-08 Created: 2007-10-08 Last updated: 2016-02-25Bibliographically approved
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1. Some aspects on strength properties in paper composed of different pulps
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Some aspects on strength properties in paper composed of different pulps
2007 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

For papermakers, an understanding of the development of strength properties in the paper is of uttermost importance. Strong papers are desirable both in the traditional paper industry as well as in new fields of application, such as fibre-based packaging and light-weight building material. In this study, the effects of adding abaca (Musa textilis) as a reinforcement fibre for softwood pulp was investigated. Moreover, the LB Multilayer Handsheet Former for the production of stratified sheets was evaluated and used to study the effects of placing selected fibres in separate layers, rather than by making homogeneous sheets from a mixture of the pulps.

Handsheets of a softwood sulphate pulp with the addition of abaca fibres were made in a conventional sheet former. It was seen that the addition of abaca fibres can increase the tearing resistance, fracture toughness, folding endurance and air permeance. Tensile strength, tensile stiffness and tensile energy absorption, however, decreased somewhat.

It was shown that the LB Multilayer Handsheet Former is suitable for studying the effects of stratification of paper. The sheet former produces sheets with good formation and the variation of paper properties of the sheets is retained at a fairly constant level when the number of layers in the stratified sheets is increased. The uniformity of the sheets produced in the LB Multilayer Handsheet Former are generally at the same level as of those produced in conventional sheet formers.

Homogeneous and stratified sheets were produced in the LB Multilayer Handsheet Former and it was found that by stratifying a sheet, so that pulp with a high tear index and pulp with a high tensile index are placed in separate layers, it was possible to increase the tear index by approximately 25%, while the tensile index was decreased by 10-20%.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Fakulteten för teknik- och naturvetenskap, 2007
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2007:38
Keyword
paper strength, reinforcement, multilayer, stratified, handsheet former, abaca, southern pine
National Category
Chemical Engineering
Research subject
Chemical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-1196 (URN)978-91-7063-141-2 (ISBN)
Presentation
2007-10-26, Nyqvistsalen 9C203, 9C, Karlstad Universitet, Karlstad, 13:00
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Available from: 2007-10-08 Created: 2007-10-08
2. Strength Properties of Paper produced from Softwood Kraft Pulp: Pulp Mixture, Reinforcement and Sheet Stratification
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strength Properties of Paper produced from Softwood Kraft Pulp: Pulp Mixture, Reinforcement and Sheet Stratification
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

For paper producers, an understanding of the development of strength properties in the paper is of uttermost importance. Strong papers are important operators both in the traditional paper industry as well as in new fields of application, such as fibre-based packaging, furniture and light-weight building material. In the work reported in this thesis, three approaches to increasing paper strength were addressed: mixing different pulps, multilayering and reinforcement with man-made fibres. In specific:

The effects of mixing Swedish softwood kraft pulp with southern pine or with abaca (Musa Textilis) were investigated. Handsheets of a softwood kraft pulp with the addition of abaca fibres were made in a conventional sheet former. It was seen that the addition of abaca fibres increased the tearing resistance, fracture toughness, folding endurance and air permeance. Tensile strength, tensile stiffness and tensile energy absorption, however, decreased somewhat. Still it was possible to add up to about 60% abaca without any great loss in tensile strength. As an example, with the addition of 30% abaca, the tear index was increased by 36%, while the tensile index was decreased by 8%.

To study the effect of stratification, a handsheet former for the production of stratified sheets, the LB Multilayer Handsheet Former was evaluated. The advantage of this sheet former is that it forms a stratified sheet at low consistency giving a good ply bond. It was shown to produce sheets with good formation and the uniformity, evaluated as the variation of paper properties, is retained at a fairly constant level when the number of layers in the stratified sheets is increased. The uniformity of the sheets produced in the LB Multilayer Handsheet Former is generally at the same level as of those produced in conventional sheet formers.

The effects of placing southern pine and abaca in separate layers, rather than mixing them homogeneously with softwood pulp were studied. Homogeneous and stratified sheets composed of softwood and southern pine or softwood and abaca were produced in the LB Multilayer Handsheet Former. It was found that by stratifying a sheet, so that a pulp with a high tear index and a pulp with a high tensile index are placed in separate layers, it was possible to increase the tear index by approximately 25%, while the tensile index was decreased by 10-20%. Further, by mixing a pulp with less conformable fibres and no fines with a pulp with more flexible fibres and fines, a synergy in tensile strength (greater strength than that predicted by linear mass fraction additivity) was obtained.

The effects of stratifying sheets composed of softwood and abaca were compared to the effects of refining the softwood pulp. Homogeneous and stratified sheets composed of softwood with three different dewatering resistances and abaca were also produced in the LB Multilayer Handsheet Former. It was found that by stratifying the sheets the tear index was retained while the tensile index was increased by the refining.

The effects of reinforcing softwood pulp of different dewatering resistances with man-made fibres with low bonding ability were also investigated. Man-made fibres (i.e. regenerated cellulose, polyester and glass fibres) were added in the amounts 1, 3, or 5 wt% to softwood pulp of three different dewatering resistances. It was found that with refining of a softwood pulp and subsequent addition of long fibres with low bonding ability the tensile-tear relationship can be shifted towards higher strength values. The bonding ability of the man-made fibres was evaluated by pull-out tests and the results indicated that, in relation to the fibre strength, regenerated cellulose (lyocell) was most firmly attached to the softwood network while the glass fibres were most loosely attached.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2010. 96 p.
Series
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2010:15
Keyword
paper strength, tensile strength, tearing resistance, folding endurance, fracture toughness, handsheet former, stratify, multilayer, multiply, reinforcement, refining, beating, abaca, glass fibre, polyester, lyocell, softwood, bond strength
National Category
Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
Research subject
Chemical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-5612 (URN)978-91-7063-302-7  (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-06-17, Andersalen, 11D 121, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2010-05-28 Created: 2010-05-03 Last updated: 2011-10-26Bibliographically approved

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