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D. Beneventi, J. Allix, E. Zeno, P. Nortier and B. Carré. Simulation of surfactant contribution to ink removal selectivity in flotation deinking lines. In Advances in Pulp and Paper Research, Oxford 2009, Trans. of the XIVth Fund. Res. Symp. Oxford, 2009, (S.J. I’Anson, ed.), pp 85–112, FRC, Manchester, 2018.


Transport coefficients and correlations recently used to describe surfactant contribution to particle and water transport in a laboratory flotation column were used to simulate the impact of surfactant contamination on the flotation selectivity of industrial two-stage deinking lines. Simulation results showed that surfactants are slightly removed in the first flotation stage and are concentrated in the second one, where they induce a drop in ink flotation and in fibre entrainment. Subsequently, flotation units in the second stage displayed lower ink removal than in the first stage. In the presence of a constant water reject flow, the increase in surfactant contamination in the pulp stock gave a general decrease in the removal of suspended solids. Surfactant removal increased from 5 to 50%, however, this increase was not sufficient to prevent surfactant accumulation in the deinking line. Simulation results were compared with data collected in an industrial deinking line running in similar conditions and pulp composition, ink and surfactant removal obtained with low surfactant contamination were in line with experimental data.

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