Displacement washing of TEMPO-oxidized softwood kraft pulp: Effects of change in fiber properties

Fredrik Wernersson Brodin, Yogesh Sonavane, Maria Sedin*

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    Bleached softwood kraft pulp fibers were treated using TEMPO oxidation at two different dosages of NaClO. A batch of non-oxidized reference pulp was also prepared with a concentration of the tracer (Na) similar to the oxidized batches. A total of 15 washing experiments were conducted and the dispersion model was used to characterize washing behavior. TEMPO oxidation resulted in a major increase in the amount of carboxylate groups in the pulps and a considerable decrease in fiber/particle size in relation to the reference pulp fibers. Oxidized fibers also had less fiber curl than reference fibers. Water retention values were greater in the oxidized pulps and the oxidized fibers exhibited major swelling during the washing operation, while reference fibers had only minorswelling. The amount of sodium in the filter cakes after washing corresponded to the amount of carboxylate groups in the pulps. Swelling of oxidized pulp fibers needs to be considered in order to describe filtration and washing. The average specific filtration resistance for all pulps in this study was in the order of 1010-1011 m/kg, i.e. moderately easy to filter. The most oxidized pulp had the highest average specific filtration resistance and the lowest value for the estimated effective longitudinal dispersion coefficient, in agreement with theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalNordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Displacement washing
    • Sodium
    • Softwood kraft pulp
    • TEMPO oxidation
    • Water retention value

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