Chemical Composition, Fiber Morphology, and Pulping of <i>P. Bolleana</i> Lauche


  • Feng Xu
  • Xin-Chun Zhong
  • Run-Cang Sun
  • Qi Lu
  • Gwynn Ll Jones


<i>Populus bolleana</i> Lauche, kraft pulping, kappa number, fiber morphology, pulp properties


The chemical composition and fiber morphology of the P. bolleana Lauche was assessed for its suitability for pulping and papermaking. The P. bolleana Lauche used in this study contained a low amount of lignin, but higher quantities of cellulose and hemicelluloses. It was found that morphological indices of P. bolleana Lauche were adequate for pulping and papermaking. The pulping of this wood was carried out using conventional kraft and soda pulping process under varying conditions. The results indicated that at higher sulfidity (24%-32%) with lower EA (14-16%), higher yields, and viscosity of pulping were obtained with an acceptable kappa number. Kraft pulp of P. bolleana Lauche obtained at given conditions (EA 14-16%; sulfidity 24-32%) provided paper sheets with greater tensile strength, burst index and tear index, at the same beating degree.


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