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A new sensor and a novel control concept for optimized fiber line operation
BTG Instruments AB, Saffle, Sweden..
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences. Karlstad Univ, Karlstad, Sweden..
BTG Instruments AB, Saffle, Sweden..
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2014 (English)In: TAPPI Journal, ISSN 0734-1415, Vol. 13, no 10, p. 39-45Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

Kraft and sulfite pulp mills use several consecutive process stages for pulp production. However, usually only one key pulp parameter is used for process control and that is the lignin content in the fibers, typically expressed as the kappa number. Even so, to improve process efficiency, more variables need to be monitored. To do that, a new sensor was developed, the dissolved lignin transmitter (DLT), along with a new control concept. The DLT measures the dissolved lignin content in the pulp slurry using a unique principle based on optical measurements. The device can measure the dissolved lignin inline at low consistency and at medium consistency. The sensor has two major applications: 1) improving the efficiency in washing stages and 2) optimizing chemical charges. Results from several mill trials have shown that the contribution from dissolved lignin in the filtrate portion of the pulp is up to 30% of the total bleach load, i.e., fiber and filtrate kappa number combined into the bleach plant. Hence, chemical savings can be achieved taking this component into account compared to only measuring the washed fiber kappa number. Application: The results of this study can help mills understand how to better control the pulping stages, which might lead to significant economic savings and better pollution control.

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TECH ASSOC PULP PAPER IND INC , 2014. Vol. 13, no 10, p. 39-45
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Chemical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41498ISI: 000343916600007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41498DiVA, id: diva2:923159
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2018-07-02Bibliographically approved
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1. The Impact of Dissolved Matter on Fiberline Processes
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The impact of dissolved matter on the performance of four fiberline process stages was investigated: oxygen delignification, hot acid treatment, chlorine dioxide bleaching, and hydrogen peroxide reinforced alkaline extraction. In particular the impact on delignification due to dissolved lignin was studied.

The impact of unoxidized and oxidized dissolved matter on lignin and carbohydrate degradation was investigated in a laboratory oxygen delignification stage. It was concluded that the delignification was decreased by the presence of unoxidized dissolved matter but increased in the case of oxidized dissolved matter. Both types of dissolved matter comparably increased the carbohydrate degradation. Thus, the presence of unoxidized dissolved matter impaired the selectivity. In the case of oxidized dissolved matter, the selec­tiv­ity was affected in the same way as when using a higher sodium hydroxide charge.

The presence of dissolved matter reduced the efficiency of a laboratory hot acid stage, and subsequently further affected the chemical demand in a following chlorine dioxide stage. In a laboratory chlorine dioxide stage, the presence of dissolved matter reduced the delignifica­tion. The additional chemical demand required to compensate for this reduc­tion was proportional to the content of dissolved matter. Moreover, the total chemical demand was found proportional to the total kappa number of the pulp, that is the sum of the fiber and filtrate kappa numbers. Finally, the presence of dissolved matter in a laboratory hydrogen peroxide reinforced alkaline extrac­tion stage reduced both the delignification and the brightness.

Furthermore, mill studies showed that the content of dissolved lignin varied significantly, and often more than the fiber-bound lignin, in a bleaching stage. For chlorine dioxide stages, it was proposed that the chemical consumption could be reduced by controlling the chemical charge based on the sum of the fiber-bound lignin and the dissolved lignin.

Abstract [en]

Pulp mills employ different control strategies to decrease the consumption of raw materials while still maintaining high product quality. To operate a kraft pulp mill in an efficient manner, it is essential to identify the key process parameters. Residual lignin is one of the most important parameters in chemical pulping and most mills base their process control on measurements of the lignin content, analyzed as kappa number. However, they typically only determine the content of the fiber-bound lignin while the dissolved lignin in the pulp slurry is merely seen as a disturbance.

Dissolved matter, especially dissolved lignin, consumes bleaching chemicals, and any variability of the dissolved lignin content will lead to non-optimal chemical charges and subsequently higher production cost. By measuring the dissolved lignin content as well as the fiber-bound lignin content, pulp mills can however apply chemicals based on the actual total bleach load. The impact of dissolved matter was investigated in four different process stages and it was concluded that both the content and the type of dissolved matter affected the performance of the stages. Furthermore, increasing the chemical charges in the process stages could only partly compensate for the negative impact of the dissolved matter.

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Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2018. p. 104
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Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2018:29
Keywords
Bleach plant control, Carbonate, Carryover, Chlorine dioxide bleaching, COD, Dissolved lignin, Dissolved matter, Fiberline control, Filtrate, Hexenuronic acid, Hydrogen peroxide bleaching, Kappa number, Oxygen delignification, Wash loss
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Chemical Engineering
Research subject
Chemical Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67511 (URN)978-91-7063-862-6 (ISBN)978-91-7063-957-9 (ISBN)
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2018-09-06, Nyquistsalen, 9C203, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Finansiär är även BTG Instruments

Available from: 2018-08-17 Created: 2018-07-02 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved

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