NANOFIBRILLATED CELLULOSE AS PAPER ADDITIVE IN EUCALYPTUS PULPS

Israel González, Sami Boufi, Maria Angels Pèlach, Manel Alcalà, Fabiola Vilaseca, Pere Mutjé

Abstract


In this work, the physical and mechanical properties of bleached Eucalyptus pulp reinforced with nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) are compared with those of traditional beaten pulp used in the making of writing/printing and offset printing papers. For this purpose, three different types of hardwood slurries were prepared: beaten pulps, unbeaten pulps reinforced with NFC, and slightly beaten pulps also reinforced with NFC. Physical and mechanical tests were performed on handsheets from these different slurries. The results showed that adding NFC to unbeaten pulps results in physical and mechanical properties similar to those in pulps used for printing/writing papers. Nevertheless, the best results were obtained in slurries previously beaten at slight conditions and subsequently reinforced with NFC. These results demonstrate that the addition of NFC allows a reduction in beating intensity without decreasing the desired mechanical properties for this specific purpose.

Keywords


Bleached Eucalyptus pulp; Nano- or microfibrillated cellulose; Beating; Physical and mechanical properties

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