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Impact of dissolved lignin in oxygen delignification and chlorine dioxide stages
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences. BTG Instruments AB, Saffle, Sweden..
BTG Instruments AB, R&D & Business Dev, Saffle, Sweden..
BTG Amer Inc, Fiber Line, Norcross, GA USA..
BTG Instruments, BTG Asia Fiber Segment & SEA, Singapore, Singapore..
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2016 (English)In: TAPPI Journal, ISSN 0734-1415, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 167-174Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Abstract [en]

While carryover of dissolved lignin between stages in the pulp mill fiber line is a well-known problem, it is still typically seen only as a minor disturbance factor or bias in the control of oxygen (O-2) delignification and bleaching stages. The present study, however, reveals that it plays a larger role than anticipated, and that it should be properly analyzed in order to correctly control the process stages. This is especially important for the O-2 and D-0 stages as the lignin content is still high in these positions. The results of the study show that dissolved lignin carried over between stages may have a significant impact on the bleaching chemical consumption and, indirectly, on the pulp quality. Mill investigations have shown very large variations in the dissolved lignin content in the pulp before the oxygen delignification stage and before the D-0 stage that have significantly influenced the bleaching chemical demand and, subsequently, the degree of delignification. In order to develop a better understanding of the mechanisms of the dissolved lignin's reactions, laboratory O-2 and D-0 experiments with controlled levels of dissolved lignin were conducted. It was anticipated that a better feedforward control could be achieved using an online dissolved lignin measurement, and results from mill trials are presented. Chlorine dioxide laboratory experiments using different levels of carryover (i.e., different dissolved lignin contents) were conducted. It was concluded that the filtrate kappa number provides a relevant measure of the bleach demand due to the dissolved lignin and that, subsequently, the combined fiber and filtrate kappa number provides an appropriate measure for optimum feedforward control of the stages. Mill results support these findings, which show that the chemical consumption is reduced significantly using the total kappa number. The post-D or post-DE kappa number feedback control can most probably be eliminated by using this technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 15, no 3, p. 167-174
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Chemical Engineering
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Chemical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42029ISI: 000373923900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-42029DiVA, id: diva2:927970
Conference
Conference on Pulping, Engineering, Environmental, Recycling, Sustainability (PEERS), OCT 25-28, 2015, Atlanta, GA
Available from: 2016-05-13 Created: 2016-05-13 Last updated: 2020-06-26Bibliographically 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2018. p. 104
Series
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
National Category
Chemical Engineering
Research subject
Chemical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67511 (URN)978-91-7063-862-6 (ISBN)978-91-7063-957-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-09-06, Nyquistsalen, 9C203, Karlstads universitet, Karlstad, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Finansiär är även BTG Instruments. 

Artikel 4, 5 och 6 ingick som manuskript i avhandlingen, nu publicerade. 

Available from: 2018-08-17 Created: 2018-07-02 Last updated: 2020-06-26Bibliographically approved

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