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Volume 64, Issue 2 (Feb 2010)


New model for predicting tensile strength and density of eucalyptus handsheets based on an activation parameter calculated from fiber distribution characteristics

Iiro Pulkkinen
  • Chemical Engineering, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology, Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland
/ Juha Fiskari
  • Oy Metsä-Botnia AB, Joutseno, Finland
/ Ville Alopaeus
  • Chemical Engineering, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology, Helsinki University of Technology, Espoo, Finland
Published Online: 2010-01-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hf.2010.030


The activation parameter developed is based on the fiber wall thickness distribution, fiber curl distribution, and water retention value of the unrefined fibers. The mechanical properties of paper that contain chemical pulp depend, among other things, on the free fiber segment activation between fiber-fiber crossings that is created during drying. Experimental data revealed that the degree of fiber swelling is responsible together with the fiber shape factor (curl) and fiber wall thickness for the extent of fiber network activation. The amount of bonding between fibers also affects fiber segment activation. Based on the experimental data, it was deduced that interfiber bonding ability of fibers, characterized as the water retention value, was mainly responsible for the development of handsheet density. Tensile index development was more affected by the morphology of fibers, which was the main determinant for high activation potential of fibers. Factor analysis was used to identify the main causes of variation for a refining data set of 20 Eucalyptus grandis samples. Three independent descriptors were found to be responsible for the majority of the variation: the bonding and activation factor, the factor of microcompressions, and the factor of fiber wall thickness and fiber curl. The activation parameter developed in this study can be used to determine the effect of fiber segment activation and inter-fiber bonding on the inplane mechanical properties of paper.

Keywords: fiber curl; fiber wall thickness; inter-fiber bonding; network activation; water retention value

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Corresponding author. Chemical Engineering, Department of Biotechnology and Chemical Technology, Helsinki University of Technology, TKK, Kemistintie 1D, Espoo, 02015, Finland Phone: +358-9451-2639

Received: 2009-05-19

Accepted: 2009-09-09

Published Online: 2010-01-18

Published Online: 2010-01-18

Published in Print: 2010-02-01

Citation Information: Holzforschung, ISSN (Online) 1437-434X, ISSN (Print) 0018-3830, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/hf.2010.030. Export Citation

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