Today on Steam Culture, Brent shows us how steam continues to aid in the paper making process by drying the wood pulp that becomes paper.
Moisture is removed from the wood pulp by being pressed in various steps. In the final step of the paper making process, the remaining wood pulp is rolled between large steel cylinders that are injected with high pressure steam.
Our previous Steam Culture episodes have shown us the impact steam has on the paper making process. Here is a recap from start to finish:
- First, we started with the steam and the wood kiln in episode 1 & episode 2. In these videos, we took a tour of Salem Hardwood, learning how the lumber is turned into cabinetry and how steam plays a part in the drying process.
- Then, we took a look at how lumber, or "raw wood," is broken down from wood chips using steam, and eventually into wood pulp for paper products.
- On our previous episode, we investigated how black liquor is reduced and used to generate steam and recover the chemicals from the wood pulp for re-use.
We have officially come full circle with the impact of steam in the paper making process. If you have any ideas for videos, email Brent at [email protected] Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and tune in every Friday for our latest Steam Culture.