Control strategies for refiners Part II: Consistency control in twin-disc refining zones using temperature profile information
Journal article, 2018
Consistency profiles in the refining zones of twin-disc refiners have always been cumbersome to estimate with good accuracy. To overcome such challenges, this paper shows that it is vital to measure temperature profiles between the refining discs to estimate uneven chip/pulp feed distribution. It is also shown that the plate clearance, measured by plate gap measurement devices, is changed dramatically when changing the amount of dilution water to the refining zones asymmetrically. At the same time, the inlet temperature will change as well while the maximum temperature is rather stable. This makes the maximum temperature a good candidate for use when estimating the split of the pulp mass flow rates to the refining zones. This also opens for a new consistency control concept for each refining zone. The findings in this paper have been validated in a commercial TMP production line with two serially linked twin-disc refiners, and it is shown that the pulp and handsheet property variations, in terms of mean fiber length and tensile index, between the refining zones can be reduced considerably when running the refiners with similar consistency in each refining zone.
pulp and paper industry