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Online surface characterization of paper and paperboards in a wide-range of the spatial wavelength spectrum
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media.
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2012 (English)In: Applied Surface Science, ISSN 0169-4332, E-ISSN 1873-5584, Vol. 258, no 20, 7928-7935 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the paper industry, surface topography is the essence of both paper and paperboard, and accurate topographical measurements are equally essential in order to achieve a uniform smooth surface. The traditional laboratory methods measure only a few samples from the entire tambour and there are other obvious limitations to this approach. Online measurements may be of significant value to improve the surface quality throughout the production. Roughness is one of the topography components and the majority of techniques measure paper by means of a single predictor of average roughness, R a which is inadequate in providing a comprehensive characterization of the surface. Measurements, in a wide range ofwavelengths, can characterize topography components such as roughness, waviness, cockling, etc. Online measurements were taken for various grades of 8 paper reels, containing the wireside and topsides for newspaper, and uncoated and coated sides of paperboards. Their surfacecharacterization, in the spatial wavelength spectrum, from 0.1 to 10 mm was obtained. This article presents the online characterizationresults which have efficiently distinguished the surfaces of same family materials including the edge and the middle position reels of fine coatedpaperboard. Online measurements were taken, at Iggesund Paperboard Pilot Coater in Sweden, by using a recently developed OnlineTopography (OnTop) device which is based on the principle of light triangulation. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 258, no 20, 7928-7935 p.
Keyword [en]
Newspaper; Online paper measurements; Online topography; Paper spectral topography; Paperboard; Surface characterization
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-15970DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2012.04.136ISI: 000305940700022Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84862524529Local ID: STCOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-15970DiVA: diva2:506779
Available from: 2012-02-29 Created: 2012-02-29 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Online Surface Topography Characterization Technique for Paper and Paperboard using Line of Light Triangulation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Online Surface Topography Characterization Technique for Paper and Paperboard using Line of Light Triangulation
2012 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic) [Artistic work]
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2012. 64 p.
Series
Mid Sweden University licentiate thesis, ISSN 1652-8948 ; 75
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-15967 (URN)STC (Local ID)978-91-87103-02-5 (ISBN)STC (Archive number)STC (OAI)
Presentation
2012-02-09, O102, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall, 10:15 (English)
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Available from: 2012-02-29 Created: 2012-02-29 Last updated: 2016-10-20Bibliographically approved
2. Online optical method for real-time surface measurement using line-of-light triangulation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Online optical method for real-time surface measurement using line-of-light triangulation
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Real time paper surface-web measurement is one of the challenging research fields. The traditional laboratory method has many limitations and is unable to measure the entire tambour during the manufacturing process. It has been necessary to develop an online technique that could measure the surface topography in real time. An optical technique was developed, based on laser triangulation, and is applied to develop a new prototype device, which characterizes high speed paper-web surfaces over a wide scale of spatial wavelengths spectrum and computes the surface roughness in real time. The used multi channel pulsed laser diode, source of illumination onto the paper-web, is of benefit due to its low coherence length and is capable to deliver a powerful burst of light beam over a 1 µs duration, which delivers energy of 100 µJ per pulse. The short exposure time avoids blurriness in the acquired images which could possible due to the high speed and vibrations on the paper-web.

The laser beam is shaped into a narrow line-of-light using cylindrical lenses and is projected onto a paper-web surface, which covers a physical length of about 210 mm. The created line-of-light cross section full width at half maximum, FWHM Gaussian distribution, is 2-3 pixels on the image. The line-of-light is projected onto the paper-web perpendicular to the plane of the surface. The low angled, low specular, reduced coherence length, scattered reflected laser line is captured by the 3 CCD sensors, which are synchronized with the laser source. The low specular light ensures to avoid saturation of the imaging sensors if the surface is very smooth, and obliquely captures the z-directional fine feature of the surface.

The scattered phenomenon of the reflected light is responsible for the surface irregularity measurements. The basic image processing algorithm is applied in order to remove noise and cropped the images widthwise so that only pixels above a preset threshold gray level can be processed, which enables efficient real time measurement. The image is transformed into a 1D array using the center of gravity, COG. The accuracy and precision of the COG depends on the line-of-light FWHM, which, in turn, is responsible for the accuracy, noise and the resolution of the developed technique. The image subpixel resolution achieved is 0.01 times a pixel and uuncertainty in the raw data is 0.43 µm while it is 0.05 µm in the rms roughness.

The signal processing steps combining the B-Spline filter and the filter in the spatial frequency domain were employed in order to separate roughness, waviness, and form and position error in the raw profile. The prototype is designed to measure online surface roughness and to characterize surface in a spatial wavelength spectrum from 0.09 to 30 mm, which is extendable to any required spatial range in order to cover a wide scale surface feature such as micro roughness, macro roughness and waviness. It is proven that exploitation of a simple laser triangulation technique could lead to an improvement in the overall quality and efficiency in the paper and paperboard industries and it can also be of potential interest for the other surface characterization problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sweden Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2013. 151 p.
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 171
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20449 (URN)STC (Local ID)978-91-87557-17-0 (ISBN)STC (Archive number)STC (OAI)
Public defence
2013-12-16, L111, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-12-06 Created: 2013-12-04 Last updated: 2016-10-19Bibliographically approved

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