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Identifying appropriate conditions for producing spindle-like causticizing precipitated calcium carbonate for paper filler applications

Author(s): Jin Wang | Peng Wei | Peng Liu | Wei Sun

Journal: BioResources
ISSN 1930-2126

Volume: 7;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 5894;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Precipitated calcium carbonate | Causticizing | Slaking | Crystal morphology

Causticizing precipitated calcium carbonate (CPCC) as a by-product of the green liquor causticizing process can be used as paper filler to save resources and reduce costs. In this study, CPCC was prepared with green liquor and quicklime, which were obtained from an alkali recovery line of a paper mill. The factors influencing crystal morphology of CPCC, such as slaking temperature, slaking time, and causticizing time were investigated. The morphology of CPCC was observed and analyzed for optimizing reaction conditions. The following were compared: properties of CPCC obtained in this study, conventional CPCC (white mud) from a paper mill, and commercial PCC as fillers. The results showed that slaking time and causticizing time were important for morphology control. Spindle-like and rod-like CPCC obtained in this study had better drainability and retention, higher paper bulk, opacity, and physical strength compared to conventional CPCC, and had nearly the same performances as commercial PCC.
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