Date of Award


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Paper Science and Engineering


The object of this thesis was to determine whether the pick scatter found in the IGT pick test was a result of the different packings or the different pressures used in the paper industry. The results showed that these two factors are not the significant ones which cause the inconsistency so often found in industry. There are other factors, such as contact angle and sector velocity, which may play a far more important role in the forces prevailing in this test. It is recommended that further study be made on these factors, but also standardization of the packing is required for it does have a minimal effect on the pick measurement.