Date of Award


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Paper Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Robert A. Diehm


The amount of water ·in paper determines indirectly the strength of it by dictating what type of bonds are formed between fibers. The less water in paper the stronger it is. Wet pressing is considered in detail as one method of water removal to determine what factors affect the amount of water removal since this would indirectly affect the development of paper strength. Specifically, the effect of fiber length and the degree of fibrillation was studied. It was found that as fiber length decreases the amount of water that can be removed decreases and that as the degree of fibrillation increases the extent of water removal decreases in a linear fashion.