The paper industry is one of the most rapidly changing industries today. Driven by the pressures and demands of Information Technology, its products must meet ever greater demands placed upon it by the customer, involving new paper types and qualities, new requirements for physical properties and behaviour, etc. The problem is that more has to be understood about the complex physical and mechanical properties of paper and its constituents to enable new paper qualities and products to be 'designed'. This project will apply the tool of Acoustic Emission to the material specifications of the paper fibre, its characterisation as well as fibrous networks with the aim of developing new or improved end products. Acoustic Emission is a well-known technique for metals and polymer composites and has shown promise for paper, but has never been systematically investigated or exploited.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
SE10 9JH London