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Fiber and Chemical Sciences Research

Project Title :  Paper and Fiber Physics
Project Number : FPL-4709-4B
Status : NEW
Start Date : 10-01-2012
End Date : 09-30-2019

View the 13 publications associated with this project.

John M. ConsidinePrincipal Investigator:
John M. Considine

Non Technical Summary
Demand for paper products has exceeded the economic supply of pulp wood in some areas of the country with the result that mills are shipping green wood further and using larger diameter wood that is suitable for higher value uses. Improving paper strength will enable a decrease in basis weight of the paper products that can reduce demand for pulpwood. Research in this problem area is focused on the fundamentals of structure and applications for pulp-fiber based products including products containing cellulose nanocrystals and/or cellulose nano-fibrils. This problem area investigates the mechanics of paper and paperboard product failure, and develops and evaluates test methods to predict and improve performance. The problem area also includes preparation and evaluation of nano-materials as a pure or neat material.

Objectives Summary
Understand the factors limiting the strength of paper and paperboard with goals of maintaining performance while reducing wood-fiber content. Understand the physical performance of cellulose nano-materials as a fiber component of other products, and as a material supporting other products such as flexible electronics, medical diagnostics, and barrier films and coatings.

Approach Summary
Methods Not Available.

Publications associated with this Project

Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2013Anisotropy Characterization of Asymmetric Glass/Epoxy Composites05/29/13
2013Anisotropy Evaluation of Paperboard With Virtual Fields Method09/06/13
2017Chapter 20: Stiffness heterogeneity of multiply paperboard examined with VFM12/29/16
2016Chapter 7: Use of VFM for Heterogeneity Evaluation of Materials Under Uniaxial Tensile Stress01/07/16
2016Chapter 8 optimized test design for identification of the variation of elastic stiffness properties of Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) pith to bark11/02/16
2014Characterization of Paper Heterogeneity08/14/14
2018Determination of constitutive properties in inverse problem using airy stress function09/27/18
2013Determining the Elastic Modulus of Compliant Thin Films Supported on Substrates from Flat Punch Indentation Measurements03/07/13
2014General Anisotropy Identification of Paperboard with Virtual Fields Method08/27/14
2013Indentation Measurements of Soft Materials using Optical Surface Deformation Measurements05/30/13
2013Influence of forming conditions on fiber tilt09/30/13
2017Sensitivity analysis of hybrid thermoelastic techniques10/06/17
2017Smoothly varying in-plane stiffness heterogeneity evaluated under uniaxial tensile stress09/27/17

Project Summaries last modified: 08-22-2018