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The Three P’s: Porosity, Permeability and Permeance

All space is space in which to create. Eric Maisel I discovered an invisible empire of the air. Lee de Forest Think about a sheet of paper and you might … Continue reading

April 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

Size it Up – Internal Sizing Chemicals

Why Use Sizing? Sizings used in papermaking reduce water absorption into the fibers. Internal sizing treatments act on the outside of fibers. Consider paper towels, the main use being to wipe up spills and messes. … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Paper – Every Fiber of Its Being

Paper is a composite of fiber and air. Cellulosic fibers come from plants, either from seed hairs, stems (bast), and/or from leaves. In industrial papermaking, cellulose comes primarily from wood, both hardwoods and … Continue reading

September 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Good Form, Bad Form: Ground Glass and Curdled Milk

Structural properties of paper describe how various components are arranged within a sheet of paper. Global properties are assessed independent of local variations in paper composition. These include the structural properties … Continue reading

May 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Grammage and Basis Weight

I usually reserve Friday’s post for things I’m learning in class but school is officially out for the summer. Summer Fridays will be a bit of a grab bag – there’s … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 1 Comment