Improving deposition tester to study adherent deposits in papermaking

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Monte Lara, Concepción ; Sánchez, Mónica ; Blanco Suárez, Ángeles ; Negro Álvarez, Carlos ; Tijero Miquel, Julio (2012)
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1016/j.cherd.2012.01.012
  • Subject: Ingeniería química | Medio ambiente | Industria del papel
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Conventional methods used for the quantification of adherent material contained in a pulp suspension propose either filtration of the sample, which may lead to loss of sticky material in the filtrate, or dilution of the pulp, which may cause destabilization of the dissolved and colloidal material; thus, leading to unreliable results. In 1998, the Cellulose and Paper Group of University Complutense of Madrid developed a deposition tester which aimed to quantify the adherence of material (microstickies and secondary stickies from dissolved and colloidal material) that was present in white waters generated during papermaking processes. In this paper, an improved deposition tester capable of directly studying the deposition tendency of total stickies in pulps without dilution is described and validated. The design of this device prevents the rotor system from being clogged and blocked by pulps, hence, being able to quantify deposits without having to apply any filtration and/or dilution stages. In addition, the study provides determination of the equipment optimum operating conditions as well as comparison between the improved deposition tester and the one previously developed. Results show that this deposition tester can determine the adherent material contained in pulps with a consistency up to 1%. The comparison of results obtained after applying both deposition quantification methods shows that the quantities of deposits that were measured with the improved tester are slightly lower than those obtained with the application of the conventional method; however, they are in the same order of magnitude. Therefore, it is possible for the improved tester to determine total stickies in all cases, including cases that it is not convenient to apply a filtration and/or a dilution stage.
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