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Characterizing liquid-vapor phase change phenomena in impulse technology with resistivity probes
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Heat and Power Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3661-7016
2006 (English)In: TAPPI Journal, ISSN 0734-1415, Vol. 5, no 5, 22-26 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study used resistivity probes for the dynamic detection of liquid-vapor phase change inside wet paper webs undergoing impulse pressing. The probes were made from thin copper wires insulated with a high-temperature polymeric material (overall diameter-of 50 mu m). The gap between the exposed ends served as the probe tip. The validity of this technique in impulse pressing experiments was demonstrated in two ways: (1) tests with both dry and wet sheets showed that the probe response was unaffected by the fiber network itself; and (2) heated trials with low applied pressure and long residence times (> 1 s) clearly showed the propagation of a vapor front through the sheet, as predicted by theory. Impulse pressing, experiments were subsequently conducted with a platen press under realistic operating conditions (i.e. surface tempera tures up to 300 degrees C, nip residence times of approximately 25 ms, and maximum applied pressure around 4 MPa). Results show that steam was detected inside the sheet only upon unloading of the hot nip for the layers closest to the heated surface.

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2006. Vol. 5, no 5, 22-26 p.
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operating window, heat
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-15707ISI: 000237867400004ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33745028624OAI: diva2:333749
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05 Last updated: 2011-01-21Bibliographically approved

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