Updated: 2012-06-21

Collin Hiia, Øyvind W. Gregersena, Gary Chinga Carrascob, Øyvind Eriksenb

a Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.

b Paper and Fibre Research Institute, PFI, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Different qualities of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) were blended with thermomechanical pulp (TMP) and ground calcium carbonate (GCC) filler. The addition of MFC reduced the drainage of the pulp suspension but improved strength properties. Wet pressing experiments showed that optimal use of MFC and filler could enhance the strength and optical properties without reducing the solids content after wet pressing. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) revealed that MFC adsorbed onto and contributed to the bonding of the filler particles and fibres. The MFC binds the filler-MFC-fines aggregates to the fibre network and partially filled the pore network. As a result, MFC addition increased the air resistance and internal bonding of the sheet.

Nordic Pulp and Paper Research Journal 27(2): 388-396.