Course: Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology

A three-day course sponsored by the Advanced Papermaking Initiative at the University of British Columbia

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Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology
April 26-28, 2017

Who should attend:
This introductory-level course is suitable for current engineering students, including coop, along with recently hired engineers working in BC pulp and paper mills and supporting industries. Suitable for both technical and non-technical individuals who want to understand basics of BC’s natural resource, chemical and mechanical pulping, bleaching, recovery, papermaking, and paper grades and properties.

This hands-on course will consist of lectures during the mornings, and lab exercises in the afternoons to re-emphasize material and enhance understanding of process.

The course will provide an overview of:

  • Natural Resources
  • Mechanical Pulping history, theory and comparisons with chemical pulping
  • Kraft Pulping, Bleaching and Recovery
  • Pulp processing equipment, theory and operation of pulp screening, cleaning and low consistency refining
  • Papermaking theory of forming, pressing and drying
  • Chemical additives in the wet end of the paper machine
  • Future bio-products and the transformation to a sustainable bio-economy

The course will be instructed by:
Mark Martinez, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Director of the Pulp and Paper Centre and Advanced Papermaking Initiative, UBC
James Olson, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Research & Industrial Partnerships, UBC
Rodger Beatson, Chair of Advanced Papermaking, Chemical & Environmental Technologies, BCIT
Peter Englezos, Head and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UBC
Robert Gooding, Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UBC, and Vice President, Technology, Aikawa Fiber Technologies

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the 3-day course, participants should expect to be able to:

  • Discuss the structure and chemistry of wood
  • Analyze the chip preparation operation
  • Describe chemical and mechanical pulping processes
  • Describe pulp processing operations
  • Describe the stages and operations of bleaching
  • Discuss the importance of chemical recovery in a pulp mill
  • Discuss stock preparation and the approach system
  • Explain the operation of the wet end and dry end of the paper machine
  • Understand the interactions among papermaking furnish materials
  • Use the knowledge on properties of furnish materials and the interactions among them in order to optimize the use of additives
  • Hands-on practical lab component to enable participants to conduct pulp and paper quality determination


No refunds.  Credit card and online debit only.