Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Chemical and Paper Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Richard. B. Valley

Second Advisor

Dr. John. F. Bobalek

Third Advisor

Dr. Raja Aravamuthan

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The proliferation of wood free printing and writing papers suggests the evaluation of hardwood kraft and chemithermomechanical pulps for the manufacture of uncoated rotogravure paper. In this study 100% aspen kraft, 100% eucalyptus kraft, and 50% aspen chemithermomechanical with 50% kraft pulps were used to produce rotogravure paper on as 32" trim Fourdriner paper machine under alkaline papermaking condition.

The machine runnability was smooth using 100% hardwood furnish for the production of rotogravure paper. The paper produced was found suitable for supercalender grade B applications, such as Sunday magazines, inserts, and flyers. The tensile index and tear index values were satisfactory for the use of paper.