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Microwaving logs for energy savings and improved paper properties for mechanical pulpsAuthor(s): C. Tim Scott; John Klungness; Mike Lentz; Eric Horn; Masood Akhtar
Source: 2002 TAPPI Fall Technical Conference and Trade Fair, San Diego, CA [CD-ROM]. Atlanta, GA : TAPPI, c2002:  Pages
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionHigh-power microwave cooking of commercial black spruce pulpwood logs was investigated as a pretreatment for mechanical pulping. Several dozen logs were treated at a variety of power levels (10 to 50 kW) and for various times (1 to 10 min). The mechanical pulping trials resulted in significant energy savings-up to 15% for the highest power level. In addition, there was a corresponding increase in handsheet properties (+35% burst index, +20% tear index, and +13% tensile index) and a modest reduction in brightness (-10%). Handsheets were made to simulate a lightweight coated furnish, and microwave-treated thennomechanical pulp was used to supplement a reduction in the kraft component. Based on handsheet properties, as much as 10% kraft pulp could be substituted with only slight reductions in strength. Annual pulp cost savings were estimated for an 800 ton/day pulp mill based on anticipated kraft substitution levels, refiner energy savings, and microwave pretreatment costs.
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CitationScott, C. Tim; Klungness, John; Lentz, Mike; Horn, Eric; Akhtar, Masood. 2002. Microwaving logs for energy savings and improved paper properties for mechanical pulps. 2002 TAPPI Fall Technical Conference and Trade Fair, San Diego, CA [CD-ROM]. Atlanta, GA : TAPPI, c2002:  Pages
KeywordsPaper properties, mechanical pulps, energy savings, black spruce, microwaves, pulpwood logs
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