A novel approach for determining the reactivity of dissolving pulp based on the COD method

Application: This novel COD method presents an alternative approach for determining the reactivity of dissolv-ing pulp in laboratory or industrial applications.
Author: Chen Gong; Shi Yu; Liu Yan-Zhao; Ni Jian-Ping; Yang Xiao-Bo; and Tian Chao
A novel approach for determining the reactivity of dissolvin
ABSTRACT: A novel approach for determining the reactivity of dissolving pulp according to the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of water has been discussed. First, a sample of dissolving pulp was subjected to mercerization and xanthation in order to obtain dissolved cellulose fractions. Next, the fractions were digested with a testing solution as applied in COD procedures. Finally, the resulting liquid was rapidly tested by ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry (UV-Vis). By quantifying the absorbance of Cr3+ at a wavelength of 600 nm, the reactivity of dissolving pulp was indirectly calculated. The results measured by this novel COD method correlated well with the most accepted Fock test results with less than 10% relative difference. Meanwhile, this newly developed COD method required less time-consuming procedures as compared to the Fock test.

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