At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Describe the effects of refining on wood fibers
- Describe safety precautions associated with refiners
- State the objectives of refining
- Identify the different refiner types
- Explain how refiner plate design and gap affect tissue sheet properties
- List the different refiner control strategies
- Explain the effects of over-refining
The following key questions are answered in this module:
What is the purpose of refining?
The primary objective of refining is to develop sheet strength.
What happens to fibers during refining?
The fiber cell walls are delaminated, allowing them to absorb more water and increasing their flexibility. External fibrillation of the fiber surfaces increases the surface area available for bonding, and some fiber cutting and creation of fines takes place.
What is it important to keep the flow rate through a refiner steady?
Flow rate determines the amount of time the fibers are available for treatment in the refiner. Low flow can lead to fiber cutting, fiber channeling in the plate grooves, and poor strength development. High flow can cause plugging and poor fiber development.
What happens if fibers are over-refined?
Over-refining causes fiber cutting, fines generation, and poor strength, with negatively affects runnability, drainage, drying demands, and production rate.
How is refining controlled?
Control strategies include power control, net specific energy control, and freeness control.
Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:
The primary objective of refining is to develop sheet strength. The sheet must meet the customer's strength requirements and must be able to run on the tissue machine and converting equipment without breaking. Strength properties increase with refining due to improved bonding from fiber flexibility and external fibrillation. Although it has a positive impact on strength, too much refining can have a negative impact on desirable tissue attributes, such as bulk, absorbency, and softness. Therefore, refining must balance strength with the other sheet properties. Also in extreme cases, overrefining will damage the fibers and result in fiber cutting, fines generation, and poor strength development. This negatively effects machine runability, reduces drainage at the wet end which increases dry demands, and ultimately, reduces production rate.
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