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  • 1.
    Hossain, Shakhawath
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering. Uppsala university, Uppsala.
    Bergström, Per
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Uesaka, Tetsu
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Uniaxial Compression of Three-Dimensional Entangled Fibre Networks: Impacts of Contact Interactions2019In: Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, ISSN 0965-0393, E-ISSN 1361-651X, Vol. 27, no 1, article id 015006Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper concerns uniaxial compression of anisotropic fibre network, as typically seen in the end use of nonwoven and textile fibre assemblies. The constitutive relationship and deformation mechanism have been investigated by using a bead-model to represent the complex structures of the constituent fibres and the fibre networks. The compression stress shows a power-law dependency on the density with a threshold density for both experimental and numerical fibre networks. Unlike the widely studied tri-axial compression of the initially isotropic network, it was found that the contact interaction between the fibres, especially the fibre-fibre contact stiffness (or the transverse compression properties of fibres), has a large impact on all the constitutive parameters. In particular, the exponent values computed based on the softer contact stiffnesses agreed very well with the experimental values reported in the literature. The internal deformation mechanism was similar to the earlier studies that at low compression, the deformation is dominated by the low-energy-mode deformations (i.e. bending and shear), whereas at higher compression, the difference appears: the compression of fibre-fibre contacts, instead of the deformation in the fibre axial direction, takes over.

  • 2.
    Sandberg, Christer
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering. Holmen Paper AB, Norrköping.
    Berg, Jan-Erik
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Engstrand, Per
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Low Consistency Refining Combined with Screen Fractionation: Reduction of Mechanical Pulping Process Complexity2019In: BioResources, ISSN 1930-2126, E-ISSN 1930-2126, Vol. 14, no 1, p. 882-894Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Process intensification is a process development methodology aimed at a considerable reduction in the energy consumption and process complexity. The approach has been applied to mechanical pulping process design. A process denoted as HC-LC-S consisting of single stage high consistency (HC) refining, followed by low consistency (LC) refining and screening was evaluated in mill trials at the Holmen Paper Braviken Mill in Sweden. After LC refining, the pulp was screened, and the reject fraction was fed back to LC refining. Two HC primary refiner types were evaluated, namely single disc (SD) and double disc (DD). Double disc chip refining was more suitable than SD refining for the HC-LC-S process because of the higher light scattering and lower shives content of the final pulp. The tensile index and shives content of the pulp produced with the DD-LC-S process was similar to that of the reference process, consisting of single stage DD refining and HC reject refining, but the fibre length and light scattering were somewhat lower. The specific refining energy was approximately 200 kWh/adt lower for the DD-LC-S process compared with the reference. Additionally, the auxiliary specific energy was 100 kWh/adt lower for the HC-LC-S processes, since a number of equipment units were omitted.

  • 3.
    Singh, Poonam
    et al.
    Univ Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
    Magalhaes, Solange
    Univ Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
    Alves, Luis
    Univ Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
    Antunes, Filipe
    Univ Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
    Miguel, Maria
    Univ Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal.
    Lindman, Björn
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Chemical Engineering.
    Medronho, Bruno
    Univ Algarve, Faro, Portugal.
    Cellulose-based edible films for probiotic entrapment2019In: Food Hydrocolloids, ISSN 0268-005X, E-ISSN 1873-7137, Vol. 88, p. 68-74Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Encapsulation with edible films is a promising approach that may solve the disadvantages associated with the use of bioactive compounds as food additives. This is particularly relevant in the case of probiotics, since their stability in food matrices and in the gastrointestinal tract may be rather poor. Therefore, new cellulose-based edible films have been successfully developed and characterized. Sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) were used for the film preparation and cross-linked with citric acid (CA) under reasonably mild conditions. Model probiotic bacteria (Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG) were incorporated in the films either during the film formation and casting or after the film synthesis, via bacteria diffusion and adsorption. The later approach could efficiently entrap and preserve viable bacteria. The mechanical properties and swelling ability could be tuned by varying the HEC/CMC ratio and the amount of CA. Moreover, the surface area and total pore volume of the films considerably decreased after cross-linking. Overall, these novel films are regarded as promising inexpensive and friendly matrices for food protection and packaging applications.

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