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Chemical and Paper Engineering
Utilization of computer modeling software to model flexible woody fibers settling onto a filtering mesh akin to many paper machines forming sections. A Lattice-Boltzmann Method, in which a lattice is formed to mimic fluid behaviors via modeled streaming and collision processes, is utilized to model the flow of water near and around these fibers. This process can be used to analyze various subjects such as web rewetting, the effects of Jet to wire speed variation, effects of various fiber length distributions, and many more situations. Specifically, fibers will be modeled to mimic pressing with traditional roll press versus an extended nip press to illustrate varied amounts of rewetting in the wet-press section of a paper machine.
McCabe, Andrew, "Fiber Web Rewetting Modeling via Lattice-Boltzmann Method" (2021). Honors Theses. 3475.
Honors Thesis-Open Access