Date of Award


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


This experiment was designed to show the effects of time and storage conditions on electron beam irradiated paper. The thirty four pound James River Waterleaf samples were irradiated at levels of 0/2/5/ and 10 Megarads. The samples were kept in a conditioned room, an evacuated, desiccated jar, and Nitrogen purged jar. The samples were tested for viscosity, as well as wet and dry zero span tensile over a period of time. Burst and tensile were also run at one point in time.

Time following irradiation and storage conditions showed no significant effect on either zero span tensile or viscosity tests. Burst and tensile tests showed no difference in bonding levels due to storage conditions.

Keywords: Electron beam, radiation, cellulose degradation, drying, curing, paper strength