Perspectives on Deriving Mathematical Models in Pulp and Paper Science

Richard Kerekes, David McDonald, Joe Zhao

Abstract


Mathematical modelling is a powerful tool in science. Causal mathematical models based on a clear picture of how key variables interact enable a deeper understanding of a given situation and provide reliable predictions. This is a classic approach in science. Unfortunately, this approach is declining in pulp and paper-related research in favour of simply reporting experimental data. The lack of a framework provided by a model diminishes the value of much experimental work. Therefore, the increased use of mathematical models is encouraged, and this approach is illustrated via several practical examples from our work.

Keywords


Models; Mathematical models; Papermaking; Research methodology

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