COMPARATIVE PROPERTIES OF SODA PULPS FROM STALK, BAST AND CORE OF MALAYSIAN GROWN KENAF

Mazlan Ibrahim, Wan Rosli Wan Daud, Kwei-Nam Law

Abstract


Soda pulping was performed using kenaf stalk, core, and bast as raw materials. It was observed that all these components could yield good paper characteristics when the resulting pulps were beaten to a freeness of 200 to 300 mL. Soda pulp made from the stalk was comparable to the frond from oil palm in sheet properties, but the latter would require higher beating energy to reach similar freeness as compared to the former.

Keywords


Kenaf; Empty fruit bunch; Frond; Soda pulping; Paper properties

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