Biomechanical Pulping of Corn Stalk Rind with a White Rot Fungus – Trametes hirsuta – and the Use of Delignified Corn Stalk Pith as a Pulp Additive

Fangfang Wang, Honglei Chen, Mingqiang Ai, Yuzhong Zhang, Peiji Gao, Guihua Yang, Jiachuan Chen, Feng Huang

Abstract


Corn stalk rind (CSR) was treated with Trametes hirsuta lg-9 and then refined into pulp. The biotreatment resulted in loss of paper strength and brightness, but energy consumption during refining (ECR) was reduced. Meanwhile, multiple linear regression was carried out, for which ECR served as the dependent variable, and the yield and infrared relative absorbance intensities at 3414 cm-1 and 1653 cm-1 of the biotreated CSR served as independent variables. Results showed that the determining parameters of the biotreated CSR may be used to predict the ECR. In this work, delignified corn stalk pith (CSP) was added to aspen alkaline hydrogen peroxide mechanical pulp (APMP). The CSP enhanced the strength properties of the aspen APMP and inhibited yellowing. The biomechanical pulping of CSR has the potential to produce a low-cost green pulp, and the delignified CSP can serve as a pulp additive.

Keywords


Corn stalk rind (CSR); Delignified corn stalk pith (DCSP); Trametes hirsuta lg-9; Biomechanical pulping; Aspen alkaline peroxide mechanical pulp

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