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B.D. Jordan and D.H. Page. Application of image analysis to pulp fibre characterisation. In The role of fundamental research in paper-making, Trans. of the VIIth Fund. Res. Symp. Cambridge, 1981, (Fundamental Research Committee, ed.), pp 745–765, FRC, Manchester, 2018.


Experimental and analytical techniques are discussed for the application of image analysis to the measurement of fibre length, width, coarseness, and curl. It is shown that automated and manual procedures agree well and the crossed fibre problem can be reduced to insignificance by appropriate sample preparation procedures and the use of a curl factor as a recognition function for crossings. Image analysis is used to characterise the introduction of curl in kraft pulp fibres by high consistency beating, and the removal of curl in the hot disintegration of refiner mechanical pulp.

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