The effect of wood raw materials and fibre properties on the development of bonding ability and paper properties of TMP

Marius Rusu, Øyvind Gregersen, Sari Liukkonen, Jari Sirviö

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    The main objective of this study was to investigate the correlation between specific surface area in the paper structure and bonding ability of mechanical pulp. The secondary objective was to investigate the effect of fibre properties on paper cross-sectional characteristics and paper properties. Fibre bonding ability of mechanical pulp fibres was assessed by testing handsheets for density and tensile strength. The specific surface area of handsheets with different fibre characteristics (fibre wall thickness, fibril angle) was measured using scanning electron microscopy. The specific surface area in paper increased with specific refining energy and external fibrillation of long fibres, thus contributing to improved paper strength. The results showed that the specific surface area is increasing with the fines content in paper, leading to dense and strong paper. To describe the quantitative effect of fibre dimensions on paper properties, linear regression models were applied. The regression models showed that fibres with thin walls give dense and strong papers, whereas fibres with low fibril angle give low roughness values, probably because the fibres collapse more easily.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of International Mechanical Pulping Conference 2011
    PublisherChinese Academy of Forestry
    ISBN (Print)978-7-5019-8251-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventInternational Mechanical Pulping Conference, IMPC 2011 - Xi'an, China
    Duration: 26 Jun 201129 Jun 2011


    ConferenceInternational Mechanical Pulping Conference, IMPC 2011
    Abbreviated titleIMPC 2011


    • Bonding ability
    • paper structure
    • fibre properties


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