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Title: Cellulose Depolymerisation and Paper Properties in E. Globulus Kraft Pulps
Authors: Carvalho, M. G. 
Ferreira, P. J. 
Figueiredo, M. M. 
Issue Date: 2000
Citation: Cellulose. 7:4 (2000) 359-368
Abstract: The aim of this work was to study the impact of cellulose depolymerisation on the beating potential and handsheet properties of the portuguese E. globulus kraft pulp. A homogeneous sample of eucalypt wood chips was cooked using different kraft pulping conditions (cooking temperatures and times, and sodium hydroxide and sodium sulphide concentrations) in order to obtain a wide variation for intrinsic viscosity of the pulps. In the range of industrial cooking conditions, this property was found to be linearly dependent on the effective alkali charge, for a given cooking time and temperature. Unbeaten and beaten (at 2000 rev. PFI) pulp properties were evaluated and the results confirm that the higher the pulp intrinsic viscosity the better the pulp beatability and the paper properties. However, the differences in the latter cannot be exclusively explained by the differences in viscosity, since pulps with the same viscosity may exhibit distinct papermaking potentials. It was then necessary to scan other pulp chemical characteristics that could also influence the development of paper properties such as lignin, pentosan content and polysaccharides relative composition.
DOI: 10.1023/A:1009293924205
Rights: closedAccess
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