Perspectives on Deriving Mathematical Models in Pulp and Paper Science

Richard Kerekes, David McDonald, Joe Zhao


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.


Models; Mathematical models; Papermaking; Research methodology

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