Date of Award


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Paper Science and Engineering


The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of drying rate on the characteristics of coated paper. A laboratory dryer was assembled consisting of an IR dryer and a steel backing can to dry the coated paper. Two differently sized papers and three drying rates were used. The final sheet properties increased as the rate of drying was increased from 0.27 to 0.49 lbs/hr.-ft.2. Further increase in the drying rate had little effect on sheet properties. The surface of the coated paper was found to be more open after drying at the middle drying rate, thus giving the best optical and strength properties.