Mg(OH)2-BASED HYDROGEN PEROXIDE BLEACHING OF CMP PULPS AT HIGH CONSISTENCY

Rabi Behrooz, Somayeh Ghasemi, Ghasem Asadpour Atoii, Pedram Fatehi

Abstract


The objective of this study was to investigate the bleaching performance of a Mg(OH)2-based hydrogen peroxide process at a high consistency. In this work, an industrially produced chemimechanical pulp (CMP) was bleached via Mg(OH)2- or NaOH-based hydrogen peroxide processes at 10% and 25% consistencies. The results showed that the pulp bleached under the conditions of 1.5% Mg(OH)2 and 3% H2O2 at 25% consistency had a similar brightness to, a lower yellowness index, and a higher opacity than the pulp produced under the conditions of 2.1% NaOH, 3% Na2SiO3, and 3% H2O2 at the same consistency. The temperature (70 ºC) and time (150 min) of the bleaching were the same for both processes. Under the conditions stated above, the Mg(OH)2-based process had a higher yield than the NaOH-based process did. The bleaching effluent of the Mg(OH)2-based process had a higher residual H2O2, but a lower Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) load and turbidity, compared with that of the NaOH-based process. However, the strength properties and water retention value (WRV) of the pulp bleached via the Mg(OH)2-based process were lower, while its bulk was higher than those of the pulp bleached via the NaOH-based process.

Keywords


CMP; High consistency; H2O2, Mg(OH)2; NaOH; Bulk

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