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Doctoral Dissertation Announcement
Candidate: Hussam E. Alkhasawneh
Doctor of Philosophy
Department: Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging
Title: Drying Behavior of Fractionated Fibers
Dr. John Cameron, Chair
Dr. Said AbuBakr
Dr. Sam Ramrattan
Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parkview Campus, Room A213
This dissertation will study water removal from paper produced using fractionated fibers. One of the principal aims of fiber fractionation is to separate long fibers from fines and then to use these long fibers in products that require high bulk and high water absorption. However, during the paper manufacturing process, the bulk of these materials may be reduced by mechanically pressing the paper to remove water. Also the drying rate of the high bulk paper may be lower than conventional paper due to changes in the resistance to heat transfer. The main objective of this dissertation is to further develop methods of measuring paper drying rates and determine the effect of different process variables on the drying rates.