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1 February 1985 High Speed Photography Of Wood Pulping In A Disc Refiner
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Proceedings Volume 0491, 16th Intl Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics; (1985)
Event: 16th International Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics, 1984, Strasbourg, France
Some of the mechanisms involved in the reduction of wood chips to papermaking pulp in a commercial disc refiner have been determined by high speed photography. Flow patterns of pulp through the refiner, including an unexpected recirculation pattern, have been recorded. Cine-photography was also employed to show how wood chips are transported by a ribbon screw feeder into the refiner. Some aspects of photographing in a hostile environment are described. The following salient observations have been made during these studies. Chips and dilution water fall to the base of the feeder housing and are fed along it to the refiner eye, where the chips are reduced to coarse pulp. This coarse pulp proceeds through the breaker bars into the refining zone. Some pulp in the inner part of the refining zone flows back to the breaker bars along grooves of the stationary plates, giving rise to considerable recirculation. Pulp in the outer part of the refining zone moves radially outwards. For a short fraction of its passage through the refiner, most of the fibrous material is constrained to move in the direction of rotation of the moving plates. Some of this material is stapled momentarily in a tangential orientation across the bars of both sets of plates. The immobilized fibres are then subjected to the refining action between the relatively moving bars before being disgorged into the adjacent grooves.
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D. Atack, D. L. Clayton, A. E. Quinn, and M. I. Stationwala "High Speed Photography Of Wood Pulping In A Disc Refiner", Proc. SPIE 0491, 16th Intl Congress on High Speed Photography and Photonics, (1 February 1985);

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