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Suitability of coir fibers as pulp and paper


Main, Nor Mazlana and A. Talib, Rosnita and Ibrahim, Rushdan and Abdul Rahman, Russly and Mohamed, Ainun Zuriyati (2014) Suitability of coir fibers as pulp and paper. In: 2nd International Conference on Agricultural and Food Engineering (CAFEi 2014), 01-03 Dec. 2014, Kuala Lumpur. (pp. 304-311).


This study was to investigate the suitability of coir fibers as an alternative material in making pulp and paper. Maceration process was used to characterize the fiber. Soda-AQ pulping with various combinations of active alkali (18-22%) and cooking time (90-150 minutes) at fixed temperature was done. Physical properties evaluated were density, brightness, opacity, scattering coefficient, tear, burst and tensile index. As concentration of active alkali and cooking time increased, the physical properties values also increased, except for the opacity and scattering coefficient. The optimum condition for producing the strongest paper is using 22% active alkali in 120 minutes.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Halal Products Research Institute
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aaspro.2014.11.043
Publisher: Elsevier (ScienceDirect)
Keywords: Coir fiber; Characterization; Soda-AQ pulping; Pulp and paper; Paper properties
Depositing User: Nursyafinaz Mohd Noh
Date Deposited: 25 May 2015 00:51
Last Modified: 25 May 2015 00:51
Altmetrics: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2210784314000448
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/38667
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