Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching Course

Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching Course

Peachtree Corners (Metro Atlanta) GA, USA
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 to Wednesday, August 11, 2021

This introductory to intermediate-level course will help you expand your overall understanding of kraft pulp mill operations and broaden your awareness of how one part of the process affects other operations. With this knowledge, you'll be better equipped to troubleshoot quality problems and feel more confident in your interactions among process engineers and operators.

To Be Held in 2021

This course is a face-to-face event planned for 2021.  It will be held in virtual format in September 2020.  Please contact Shannon Warchalowsky at [email protected] for more information about the virtual course.

The Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching Course is one of TAPPI's most successful annual training events, offered for more than 11 years!

The overall course objectives are to:

  • Expand your overall understanding of kraft mill operations
  • Broaden awareness of how one part of the process impacts other operations
  • Demonstrate the effect of process variables on kraft pulp quality
  • Build your confidence for effective interaction among new and experienced engineers and operators
  • Lay the initial foundation for you to troubleshoot product and process problems

For suppliers and others at the mill, this course will help you:

  • Understand product performance and pulp quality by knowing the differences in wood and fiber variations.
  • Provide the basics in troubleshooting, optimization and control by better understanding "why things happen" in pulping and processing - the variables affecting pulp quality.

In helping you learn these outcomes and more, Course Chair, Dr. Michael Kocurek, shares his collection of more than 1,000 visuals during the Course Schedule, which you'll have for review later at the mill.

Attendees will receive the visuals in a printed Notebook, and in color on a PDF flash drive.

This is the most comprehensive two-day introductory to intermediate-level course on Kraft Pulping and Bleaching in the industry.

Introductory-Level Content (45%)
This course will have Introductory level content that includes:

  • Overview of Processes & Technology (“what happens”)
  • Vocabulary and Terminology
  • Equipment Overviews & Descriptions
  • Product Properties
  • Effects of Processes on Products
  • Effect of one part of the mill on other parts

Intermediate-Level Content (45%)
This course will list and discuss various process variables, the “why things happen,” and other intermediate topics.  The curriculum also provides a foundation for the advanced-level topics below.

Advanced-Level Content (10%)
This course will not include topics in depth, such as mill-specific troubleshooting; equipment design, operation, process control, etc. The curriculum will cover some mill operation and optimization examples.

Course Learning Objectives:

Kraft Pulping and Processing

  • Become familiar with pulping and bleaching terminology
  • Increase knowledge of the most common pulp properties/tests
  • Understand wood fiber and wood and chip preparation
  • Learn the major types of equipment (Batch & Continuous Digesters) used in kraft pulping
  • Gain an overview perspective of the primary operations and reactions that occur in the digesters between wood and pulping chemicals
  • List several major pulping variables and gain an overview of major kraft pulping trends
  • Understand pulp processing (washing, screening, cleaning) and by-product recovery basics

Bleaching

  • Increase understanding of the bleaching sequences, variables, and bleaching reactions

Environmental

  • Build greater awareness of pulp mill environmental challenges

Pre-Course Survey
In order to build the best foundation for more advanced topics that are most important to you, Dr. Kocurek conducts a pre-course survey to determine:

  • What are your specific learning objectives and what would you like to take away?
  • What is a specific technology related “hot topic” for your mill or company?
  • What process related troubleshooting topic would you like to see discussed as a basic level case study?

Your answers will contribute to some customization, within the scope and available time, to increase the value of the course.

Who Should Attend
The TAPPI Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching course is ideal for anyone new to the kraft pulping process, particularly process engineers, machine operators, kraft pulp operators and suppliers.

For new employees and those moving to new positions...

  • A more rapid, in depth and enhanced completion of their training;
  • The ability to learn and gain additional knowledge more easily when interacting with any experienced mill people or suppliers; and
  • Having the foundation of knowledge to take on more advanced projects, including troubleshooting both process and pulp quality problems.

For more experienced people...

  • Filling in gaps in technical knowledge (we all have some!); and
  • The ability to better train new employees.

Take Note!

  • Seats will sell out to the first 25 participants to encourage optimum student/instructor interaction.

Earn CEUs!

TAPPI awards 1.3 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for completion of this course.

TAPPI's Professional Development department has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) since 2006. In obtaining this accreditation, TAPPI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, TAPPI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


If you would like a comprehensive overview of papermaking and pulping, consider attending the TAPPI Introduction to Pulp and Paper Technology Course, January 13-16, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

This training delivers insight into the technology of raw materials, pulp mill operations, bleaching, chemical recovery, stock preparation, paper and tissue wet end chemicals, paper machines, tissue machines, creping and coating, and also includes the HD chest in pulping to reel on the Papermachine. Review the detailed Course Schedule.

Take the Next Step!

This course is an ideal foundation for the next step in learning.  Consider planning ahead for the TAPPI Kraft Recovery Operations Course taking place January 2021 in St. Petersburg, FL.

This course is ideal for anyone new to the kraft pulping process, particularly process engineers and operators.

PROPOSED 2020 COURSE SCHEDULE

  • The small class size, breaks every hour, and lunch are designed for maximum interaction between class participants.
  • Attendees help design the course by completing the pre-course Survey that asks “why are you coming to the course,” and what topics you would like covered.
  • Dr. Kocurek encourages contact during or after the course to have attendee's questions answered. If he does not have the answer, he involves other experts.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

8:00 – 8:50

  • Course Overview and Learning Objectives
  • Introductions

9:00 – 9:50
Wood and Fiber Raw Materials

  • Hardwoods and Softwoods
  • Wood Properties
  • Fiber Properties

10:00 – 10:50
Preparation of Wood & Chips for Pulping

  • Debarking
  • Chipping
  • Screening
  • Storage and Recovery
  • Chip Quality

11:00 – 12:00

Preparation of White Liquor

  • Chemical Terminology
  • White Liquor Chemical Test
  • Chemical Recovery Cycle

12:00 - 12:45 LUNCH

12:45 – 1:20
Overview of Kraft Pulping

  • Terminology
  • Pulp Properties and Tests

1:30 – 2:20
Kraft Digesters and Technology

  • Batch
  • Continuous

2:30 – 3:20
Kraft Pulping Chemical Reactions

  • Delignification
  • Cellulose
  • Hemicelluloses
  • Extractives

3:30 – 4:20
Kraft Pulping Variables and Effects on Properties

  • Chip Quality Variables
  • AA, EA
  • Digester Variables
  • H Factor
  • Variables affecting Yield
  • Variables affecting Strength
  • Variables affecting Kappa

4:30 – 5:15
Trends in Kraft Pulping

  • Displacement Cooking
  • MCC Cooking
  • Lo-Solids
  • Isothermal
  • AQ
  • Polysulfide

5:15 Adjournment


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

8:00 – 8:30
Pulp Processing Overview

  • Fiberizing/Hot Stock Refining
  • Washing
  • Screening and Cleaning
  • Oxygen Delignification


8:30 – 9:20
Brown Stock Washing

  • Displacement
  • Diffusion
  • Equipment
  • Washing Variables

9:30 – 10:20
Screening and Cleaning

10:30 – 11:20
Overview of Bleaching

  • Sequences
  • History
  • ECF and TCF
  • Terminology

11:30 – 12:00
Oxygen Delignification

  • Equipment
  • Variables
  • Reactions

12:00 - 12:45 LUNCH

12:45 – 1:20
Oxygen Delignification (Cont.)

  • Equipment
  • Variables
  • Reactions

1:30 – 2:20
Chlorine Dioxide Bleaching

  • Equipment
  • Variables
  • Reactions

2:30 – 3:20
Caustic Extraction and Other Bleaching Sequences

  • E, EO, EP and Variables
  • Ozone
  • Peroxide
  • Enzymatic

3:30 – 4:15
Bi-Product Recovery

  • Tall Oil Soap
  • Turpentine
  • Lignin
  • Ethanol
  • Acids
  • Other

4:15 – 5:00
Pulp Mill Environmental Review

5:00 Adjournment

Note:  For participants with later departures, Professor Kocurek will be available for further Q&A and discussion.


Introductory -Level Content (70%)
This course offers introductory-level content that includes:

  1. Equipment  & Terminology
  2. All major Pulp Mill Fiber Line Processes
  3. Pulp Quality Properties & Tests
  4. Effects of Processes on Product Quality
  5. Effect of one part of the pulp mill on other parts

Intermediate-Level  Content (30%)
This curriculum covers various process variables, the “why things happen,” and will provide a foundation for the advanced-level topics below.
 
Advanced-Level Content (0%) 
This course does not cover training topics, such as equipment design, operations in depth, maintenance, process control, or mill-specific topics, such as optimization and troubleshooting.

 

 

 

Take the Next Step!

This course is an ideal foundation for the next step in learning.  Consider planning ahead for the TAPPI Kraft Recovery Operations Course taking place January 2021 in St. Petersburg, FL.

Dr. Michael Kocurek shares more than 40 years experience.

Meet Dr. Michael Kocurek
Dr. Kocurek, Professor Emeritus of Paper Science & Engineering at North Carolina State University, is one of the world's most recognized educators in the pulp and paper industry.  

His focus is on Pulp & Paper Technology, Linerboard Manufacture, Tissue Manufacture, Paper Properties, and Workforce and Professional Development.

He has taught students and thousands of industry operators and professionals at more than 200 mills and 50 paper industry corporations, government and other organizations, including TAPPI, the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the American and Forest Association (AF&PA).  Additionally, he has taught undergraduate and graduate students since 1970.

Dr. Kocurek has developed seven distance e-Learning P&P technical courses under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant at Coastal Alabama.

He is the course chair for TAPPI's oldest and highly ranked short course on Introduction to Pulp & Paper Technology  (for 44 years). He is the editor of 11 books, including the recognized Pulp and Paper Manufacture series covering the entire field of pulp & paper. He has authored and/or co-authored 25 video publications, including the Introduction to Pulp & Paper series- again covering the entire field of pulp & paper.

Dr. Kocurek received his B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees in Paper Science & Engineering from the SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, and Syracuse University. He has served as Paper Science Department Head at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an academic program he founded; and NC State University. He also has served as Executive Director of the Herty Foundation, an authority agency of the State of Georgia. While at Herty, he oversaw a $27 million modernization of the laboratory, creating the largest pilot scale P&P and advanced fiber development center in the US.

His honors include TAPPI Fellow, TAPPI Distinguished Service Award, TAPPI Paper and Board Division Technical Achievement Award; and induction into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame - an honor bestowed to recognize people who have made preeminent contributions to the global paper industry.

Specifically About This Course
Dr. Kocurek says, "The Introduction to Kraft Pulping and Bleaching Course is the kind of training that offers a view of the entire puzzle, so to speak, rather than a detailed focus on one or two operations.  There are few if any other courses that combine this field of focus into one. This is an ideal course for anyone who wants to better understand kraft pulping and bleaching operations and processes, pulp grades and products, and what they can do to enhance their own job performance.”

Take the Next Step!

This course is an ideal foundation for the next step in learning.  Consider planning ahead for the TAPPI Kraft Recovery Operations Course taking place January 2021 in St. Petersburg, FL.

Course Dates: August 2021 (Tentative)

 

 

Registration rates will be updated for 2021 and posted soon. 

2020 Registration Rates

Before
July 11

After 
July 11

Individual Meeting Registration

TAPPI Member

$955

$1,055

Join or Renew and Save

$1,130

 $1,230

Young Professionals under 30
Join or Renew and Save

$1,080

$1,175

Non-Member of TAPPI

$1,745

$1,855


Group Meeting Registration, Per Person
(Groups are 3+ people from the same location.) 

TAPPI Member

$870

 $980

Join or Renew and Save

$1,050

 $1,160

Young Professionals under 30
Join or Renew and Save

$990

$1,095

Non-Member of TAPPI

$1,480

$1,590

 

Cancellation Policy
If you find that you have to cancel, your full registration fee will be refunded if TAPPI's Registration Department receives written notification (fax acceptable at +1.770.209.7206) by Saturday, July 11, 2020.

Please note: A 50-percent refund is issued for all written cancellations made after Saturday, July 11, 2020, but no later than five (5) business days prior to the start of the conference, Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Understandably, after Tuesday, August 4, 2020, no refunds can be issued. Substitutions, however, will be accepted any time without a penalty.

Refund
100% - Cancellation received by Saturday, July 11, 2020
50% - Cancellations received after Saturday, July 11, 2020, and no later than Tuesday, August 4, 2020
NO REFUND- Cancellations received after Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Payment Policy
TAPPI requires that all registration fees are paid in full prior to the start of the course.

 

 

Ways to Save

  1. Be the early-bird. Discounts are available for those who register before the early-bird date.
  2. Join TAPPI.  TAPPI members enjoy discounted rates for this course.  If you're not already a member, join us!
  3. Bring the team.  Group rates are offered for three or more people from the same location.

Course Dates: August 2021 (Tentative)

Please note that the rates on this page may be subject to change.

Course Venue: 

TAPPI Academy Training Center
TAPPI Headquarters
15 Technology Parkway South
Suite 115
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

The revamped TAPPI Academy Training Center includes comfortable, spacious accommodations for learning, a separate break room and kitchen.

Hotels Near the Course Venue:

Suggested Hotel:

Hyatt Place Atlanta/Norcross/Peachtree
5600 Peachtree Pkwy
Norcross, GA 30092
Direct: (770) 416-7655

  • The Hyatt offers a discounted $119/night group rate for attendees of this course.  Use Corporate Code 33999 or Rate Code TAPPI.
  • Breakfast, wifi and free parking is included with this special rate.
  • Once on the website, please enter the travel dates and select “Check Rates.”
  • This will take you to the rate page where you'll choose a room type and book your reservation.
  • Guests may also call hotel reservations at 1-888-568-1562.

 

Other Hotels Near the Course Venue:

Home2 Suites by Hilton
5800 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Norcross, GA 30071
Reservations
Property Direct: 770-263-2020 
Please call the hotel directly for the best rate.

Hilton Atlanta Northeast
5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd
Norcross, GA 30092
Phone: (770) 447-4747
Please call the hotel directly for the best rate.

Atlanta Marriott Norcross
475 Technology Pkwy NW
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Phone(770) 263-8558
Please call the hotel directly for the best rate.


ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - ATL
Search flights, monitor flight status, notifications and delays, and check baggage and carry-on restrictions.

Airport Security Advisory
Beginning October 1, 2020, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, state-issued enhanced driver’s license, or another acceptable form of ID to fly within the United States. Check for the star. REAL ID-compliant cards are marked with a star at the top of the card. If you’re not sure, contact your state driver’s license agency on how to obtain a REAL ID compliant card. For more information, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/real-id


MARTA RAIL SERVICE FROM AIRPORT
Take the Gold Line from the Atlanta Airport to Doraville station, which is the last stop on the gold line (about 45 minutes).

Call the Hilton front desk to arrange a hotel shuttle pick-up from the Doraville Station +1-770-447-4747

A cab will cost approximately $15 and will take about 15-20 minutes to get from the Doraville Station to TAPPI.  Marta cost is $3.00 each way. 


TAXI SERVICE
Cabs from the Atlanta airport to Peachtree Corners cost roughly $65 to $75 one way the trip is 45 minutes to an hour.


CAR RENTAL
Rental cars are available at the Atlanta airport. 

Avis Car Reservations and Rentals
Avis offers special discounts off regular rates for participants. To reserve your car, call 1-800-831-8000 and refer to the code AWD: #U226600. 

 

Take the Next Step!

This course is an ideal foundation for the next step in learning.  Consider planning ahead for the TAPPI Kraft Recovery Operations Course taking place January 2021 in St. Petersburg, FL.

Purchase TAPPI books during registration and pick them up at the course to save on shipping.

These special publications from TAPPI are available to 2020 Intro to Kraft Recovery Pulping Course attendees, most at a "course only" discount.

NEW! Kraft Recovery Boilers, Third Edition
Product Code: 0101R358
 Member Price: $ 188 
 Non-Member Price: $ 244

NEW! Black Liquor Evaporation
Product Code: 0101R355
 Special Member Price: $ 106
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 139

Brownstock Washing
Product Code: 0101R348
 Special Member Price: $ 157
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 205

Fundamental of Kraft Recovery
Product Code: 0101R327
 Special Member Price: $ 166
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 201

Kraft Pulping
Product Code: 0101R171
 Special Member Price: $ 49
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 74

Chemical Recovery in the Alkaline Pulping Process
Product Code: 0102B046
 Special Member Price: $ 73
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 98

The Bleaching of Pulp
Product Code: 0101R331
 Special Member Price: $ 149
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 197

Pulp Mill Overview and Protecting the Environment CD
Product Code: MPP-02
 Special Member Price: $ 50
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 76

Kraft Pulping CD
Product Code: MPP-04
 Special Member Price: $ 50
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 76

Handbook of Pulp & Paper Technologists (4th Edition) – SMOOK Book
Product Code: 0202SMOOK4
 Special Member Price: $ 81
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 105

NEW! Handbook of Pulp & Paper Technologists (4th Edition) – SPANISH SMOOK Book
Product Code: 0202SMOOK4S
 Special Member Price: $ 81
 Special Non-Member Price: $ 105

Chemical Pulping Part 1, Recovery of Chemicals and Energy, 2nd Edition
Product Code: 0202FIN06-2B
 Course Member Price: $ 148
 Course Non-Member Price: $ 148

Chemical Pulping Part 2, Recovery of Chemicals and Energy, 2nd Edition
Product Code: 0202FIN06-2C
 Course Member Price: $ 118
 Course Non-Member Price: $118

Mechanical Pulping, 2nd Edition
Product Code: 0202FIN05-2
 Course Member Price: $ 118
 Course Non-Member Price: $ 118

 

Take the Next Step!

This course is an ideal foundation for the next step in learning.  Consider planning ahead for the TAPPI Kraft Recovery Operations Course taking place January 2021 in St. Petersburg, FL.

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