Low dosage sulfite pretreatment at different refining temperatures in mill scale TMP production OPEN ACCESS
Erik Nelsson, Holmen AB, Magnus Paulsson, Akzo Nobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals AB, Bohuis, Sweden, Christer Sandberg, Eva Svensson-Rundlöf, Holmen Paper Ab and Per Engstrand, Mid Sweden University, Sweden
The effects of low dosage sodium sulfite (Na2SO3) pretreatment (0, 0.6 and 1.2% on bone dry wood, pH 9) at two different refining temperatures (4.6 and 6.4 bar(g) refiner housing pressure) were evaluated for production of thermomechanical pulp with a double disc refiner in mill scale using Norway spruce wood at Braviken paper mill (Holmen Paper AB, Sweden). The sulfonate content of the pulps was not affected by the different refining temperatures and was 0.29% (as Na2SO3 equivalents) for the highest sulfite addition.
Tensile index at constant SEC was increased by 3.2 Nm/g when the refining temperature was increased, and by 8.6 Nm/g when 1.2% sodium sulfite was added. The effects were additive and led to an increase in tensile index of ~12 Nm/g at constant SEC when combined and would enable a reduction in SEC of 380 kWh/bdt (~20%) to similar tensile index. The degree of delamination and internal fibrillation of the fibers was increased by both increased refining temperature and sulfite addition.
Pulp brightness was slightly reduced (≤0.4% ISO) by increased refining temperature and increased (2-3% ISO), when sodium sulfite was added. Spectra of reflectance factors (360-740 nm) were used to study the optical properties of produced pulps.
Nordic Pulp & Paper Research Journal (NPPRJ) is an international scientific magazine covering science and technology for the areas of wood or bio-mass constituents, pulp and paper and including new fiber-based materials, recovery and by-products from pulping processes, bio-refining and energy issues. Articles meeting required scientific standards are accepted from any continent. ISSN: 0283-2631