A Winning Paper…on Paper

A journal article authored by Forest Products Laboratory researchers David Vahey (retired) and John Considine has been selected as the TAPPI Journal Best Research Paper for 2013.

David Vahey, FPL research materials engineer (retired)

David Vahey, FPL research materials engineer (retired)

Vahey and Considine, both materials research engineers, wrote “Influence of forming conditions on fiber tilt” with partner Michael MacGregor who is retired from MacGregor Paper Consulting. The research was assessed based on innovation, creativity, scientific merit, and clear and concise presentation of ideas.

John Considine, FPL research material engineer

John Considine, FPL research material engineer

“This paper is an example of high-quality, fundamental research that significantly improves the industry’s understanding of basic sheet properties and sheet structure and the model developed could also potentially be used to aid in troubleshooting paper performance,” said TAPPI Journal Editorial Board member Terry Bliss. The paper reported “highly valuable and innovative research work that expanded on earlier research by developing a simple model for fiber tilt.” In addition, Bliss said, results were written in a “clear, logical, and easy-to-follow manner. It’s a very thorough and well written research paper.”

The paper and its authors will be honored at the PaperCon 2014 Conference Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

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