Date of Award


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Paper Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Stephen I. Kukolich


Tests verified the increases of strength characteristics with increasing solids content of the sheet. The rate of water removal from the sheet into the felt, involving hydraulic pressure, directly influences the compressibility of the felts and the sheet and appears to greatly determine the extent of crushing effects, which have the potential of occurring at any particular solids content region irregardless of loading.

Mention of water content interacting with the press load is suggested as an important parameter of efficient wet-pressing. Hence interest in profiles incorporating multiple wet-pressings utilizing one or two felts to increase the percent solids has an obvious financial potential.