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Björk, E., Bouveng, M. & Vomhoff, H. (2018). Fines-enriched pulp as a strength agent in a CTMP middle ply. In: PaperCon 2018: Shaping the future through innovation. Paper presented at PaperCon 2018, April 15-18, Charlotte, NC, USA. TAPPI Press, Article ID PA5.2.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fines-enriched pulp as a strength agent in a CTMP middle ply
2018 (English)In: PaperCon 2018: Shaping the future through innovation, TAPPI Press, 2018, article id PA5.2Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The objective of this pilot scale trial, was to evaluate fines-enriched pulp (FE-pulp) as a strength agent in amiddle ply of a board product.A typical CTMP-based middle ply was produced on the FEX pilot paper machine. The stock consisted of CTMP,refined hardwood and softwood pulp, and filler. FE-pulp as strength agent was compared with glue pulp, ahighly refined chemical pulp. FEX sheets and hand sheets made of pulp mixtures were evaluated. Also, thedewatering and pressing conditions on the paper machine were compared.The results confirmed the results of earlier experiments with handsheets; FE-pulp used as strength agent showedto be twice as efficient as glue pulp regarding strength properties without impairing the bulk. Further, thedewatering conditions and press dryness's on the paper machine was comparable at these additions. Thus, allthese results imply that addition of FE-pulp can replace the double amount of glue pulp as a strength agent.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TAPPI Press, 2018
Keywords
fines-enriched pulp, strength agent, CTMP, chemithermomechanical pulp, paperboard, glue pulp, refining
National Category
Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34849 (URN)978-1-59510-268-3 (ISBN)
Conference
PaperCon 2018, April 15-18, Charlotte, NC, USA
Available from: 2018-10-16 Created: 2018-11-05 Last updated: 2018-11-05Bibliographically approved
Björk, E., Bouveng, M. & Vomhoff, H. (2018). Production of pulps with an extremely high fines content for use as strength agent. In: PaperCon 2018: Shaping the future through innovation. Paper presented at PaperCon 2018, April 15-18, Charlotte, NC, USA. TAPPI Press, Article ID PA5.1.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Production of pulps with an extremely high fines content for use as strength agent
2018 (English)In: PaperCon 2018: Shaping the future through innovation, TAPPI Press, 2018, article id PA5.1Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The objective was to optimize the production of fines-enriched pulp (FE-pulp) from chemical pulp.The first trial was a continuous production of FE-pulp with unbleached and bleached never-dried softwood. Thepulp was refined using a JC00 equipped with SF filling, and screened with a micro-perforated screen basket with250 μm diameter holes, but the produced FE-pulp got low concentration, below 3 g/l.The second trial aimed at optimised conditions, using dried bleached softwood. Three fillings, microbar, AA andFF were evaluated in a JC01 refiner, where microbar was most energy efficient. Microbar and AA reachedtargeted FE-pulp concentration, 10 g/l. The refined pulps were screened with different hole diameters, where, asexpected, larger hole diameters resulted in higher concentration but also lower fines content in the FE-pulps.The last trial, the microbar filling was evaluated for never-dried softwood pulp, unbleached and bleached. Now,the refining of unbleached softwood gave 3 times more fines per kWh/ton compared with first trial.These trials demonstrated the importance of the right refining conditions regarding effect of refiner and type offilling to achieve glue-pulp with high enough fines content. With the right conditions, it was possible to produceFE-pulp with high concentration at moderate energy consumption.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TAPPI Press, 2018
Keywords
pulping, pulp, fines, strength agent, fines-enriched pulp, softwood, screening, refining, energy consumption
National Category
Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34850 (URN)978-1-59510-268-3 (ISBN)
Conference
PaperCon 2018, April 15-18, Charlotte, NC, USA
Available from: 2018-10-16 Created: 2018-11-05 Last updated: 2018-11-05Bibliographically approved
Björk, E., Vomhoff, H. & Lindgren, M. (2017). Single-stage hydrocyclone fractionation of refined bleached softwood pulp. In: Paper Conference and Trade Show, PaperCon 2017: Renew, Rethink, Redefine the Future. Paper presented at PaperCon 2017 (pp. 878-905). TAPPI Press, 2
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Single-stage hydrocyclone fractionation of refined bleached softwood pulp
2017 (English)In: Paper Conference and Trade Show, PaperCon 2017: Renew, Rethink, Redefine the Future, TAPPI Press, 2017, Vol. 2, p. 878-905Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Refined bleached chemical softwood was fractionated using a hydrocyclone in a fine and a coarse fraction. The trials were done at three inject concentrations, three coarse fraction volume ratios, and with pulps refined with two refining levels. A large difference in sheet properties between fine and coarse fraction was observed. Compared with the feed pulp, the relative change in the sheet properties increased more in the fine fractions than it decreased in the coarse fractions. Increased fines proportion had a positive effect on all properties up to a certain level when a further improvement could not be observed. Interestingly, the fine fractions of both refining levels reached the same absolute strength level, both for the tensile properties and z-strength. The fine fractions at the highest coarse fraction mass ratios contained more fines, and the mean fibre was shorter and narrower. This led to higher density but also a decrease of the stretch-at-break and z-strength values. When comparing these results with previous fractionation results for unrefined pulp, it was found that inject concentration did not have a large effect on thickening in the present study. As for the refined pulp, the tensile index increased with fines proportion for the unrefined pulp, however, only up to a certain fines proportion where a maximum values was reached. The increase was larger for the refined pulps which had higher fines proportion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TAPPI Press, 2017
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34838 (URN)9781510847286 (ISBN)
Conference
PaperCon 2017
Available from: 2018-10-29 Created: 2018-10-29 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved
Björk, E., Vomhoff, H. & Bouveng, M. (2017). Usage of Fines-Enriched Pulp to Increase Strength in CTMP. In: Paper Conference and Trade Show, PaperCon 2017: Renew, Rethink, Redefine the Future. Paper presented at PaperCon 2017 (pp. 1607-1631). TAPPI Press, 3
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Usage of Fines-Enriched Pulp to Increase Strength in CTMP
2017 (English)In: Paper Conference and Trade Show, PaperCon 2017: Renew, Rethink, Redefine the Future, TAPPI Press, 2017, Vol. 3, p. 1607-1631Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Fines-enriched pulp (FE-pulp) was benchmarked against glue pulp as strength agent in eucalypt CTMP. FE-pulp was produced by combining high intensity multiple-pass refining with a fractionation in a micro-perforated screen basket. The fraction passing through the holes of the screen is the FE-pulp. The FE-pulp comprises of secondary fines, created in the refiner, and flexible, fibrillated highly-refined fibres or fibre fragments. Glue pulp is highly refined kraft pulp, commonly added as a strength agent in middle plies of board products, or between plies to increase the plybond. Equal amounts of FE-pulp and glue pulp were added to the original CTMP as well as to washed CTMP, where most of the CTMP-fines had been removed. The effects of the strength agents were evaluated using laboratory sheets.

Both glue pulp and FE-pulp increased the strength of the CTMP sheets. The bulk of the sheets decreased however. When 5 % FE-pulp was added, the tensile index increased by more than 50 %, and the tensile energy absorption and z-strength increased by more than 100 %. FE-pulp proved to be twice as effective as glue pulp. The addition of 5 % FE-pulp resulted in the same relative strength increase as an addition of 10 % glue pulp. The washed CTMP lost all strength when the CTMP-fines content was reduced from 17 % to 3% through washing. The addition of 5 % FE-pulp restored the strength values, and at a higher bulk. The drainability in terms of CSF of that stock was much higher when compared to the original pulp.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
TAPPI Press, 2017
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34837 (URN)9781510847286 (ISBN)
Conference
PaperCon 2017
Available from: 2018-10-29 Created: 2018-10-29 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved
Hyll, K., Björk, E. & Vomhoff, H. (2016). Flow imaging characterisation of morphological changes of chemical pulp due to refining. Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal, 31(3), 411-421
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Flow imaging characterisation of morphological changes of chemical pulp due to refining
2016 (English)In: Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal, ISSN 0283-2631, E-ISSN 2000-0669, Vol. 31, no 3, p. 411-421Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The influence of the refining process on the morphological changes of a chemical softwood pulp was investigated. The Voith LR40 industrial-like laboratory low consistency refiner was used, where the pulp was refined with five refining segments with differences in bar widths, groove widths, and cutting angles. The refined pulp was characterized with a fibre analyser with a spatial resolution of approximately 4 μm/pixel and a wide size range. The fines fraction of the refined pulp was also characterized with an imaging flow cytometer with a spatial resolution of 0.33 μm/pixel and a narrower size range. The fibre analyser measurements showed that the mean length, width, and aspect ratio of the fines decreased monotonically with accumulated refining energy. The imaging flow cytometer with its higher spatial resolution showed little change in fines morphology with accumulated refining energy. The morphology of the fines was more dependent on the applied specific refining energy than the design of the refining segment. However, a segment with much finer grooves and bars, initially designed for hardwood, gave significantly less fibre shortening, fines generation, external fibrillation, kink, and fines that were more fibrillar, compared to the other segments.Grant: The authors of this work would like to thank Prof. Lars Mattsson, Thomas Grahn, and Eva Ålander for fruitful discussions. The discussions with Lorentzen & Wettre were of great assistance. The financial support of the Swedish Energy Agency and the Önnesjöstiftelsen to the PhD project, and of the Fibre and Stock Design research programme to this evaluation study is gratefully acknowledged.

Keywords
Chemical pulp, Fibrillation, Fines, Morphology, Refining, Stock characterization
National Category
Chemical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-28941 (URN)000387976000001 ()2-s2.0-84982189716 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding Details: Swedish Energy Agency

Available from: 2016-09-27 Created: 2016-09-27 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved
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