A research project into paper fibre swelling supported by Océ and Mondi has begun in Austria.
The Christian Doppler (CD) Laboratory for Fibre Swelling and Paper Performance was officially opened 11 January. It is headed by Ulrich Hirn and was set up in cooperation with the Graz University of Technology and industry partners Mondi and Océ.
The team of the CD Laboratory will investigate swelling and de-swelling processes during paper production, printing and converting.
“In modern, high-speed inkjet printing presses, the fibre swelling is crucial: less swelling means faster drying, but fibre swelling also has a positive impact on paper stability,” explained Hirn.
“Based on our investigations we will develop simulation models of the different processes. We aim to find solutions to further improve paper, printing – including inks and equipment – as well as converting, in close collaboration with our industrial partners.”
By Andy Braithwaite for www.opi.net