NCSU Hands-On Workshop for Pulp and Paper Basics

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Monday, October 05, 2020 to Friday, October 09, 2020

Co-sponsored by North Carolina State University and TAPPI

This hands-on workshop will provide a broad overview of Pulping, Bleaching, Chemical Recovery, Recycling, Papermaking and Converting.  The 5-day course will consist of presentations in the morning and hands-on laboratory and pilot-plant exercises in the afternoon. Students receive a course notebook and CD with approximately 400 pages of reference materials.

Workshop material discussed in the mornings will be re-emphasized in lab and pilot plant exercises covering wood structure, wood processing, pulping, bleaching, pulp cleaning, pulp analysis, papermaking, deinking, and refining for increased understanding and retention. One afternoon includes pilot plant paper machine activities. Students get an opportunity to interface with instructors and other students at a course banquet and a social event.  This introduction level workshop is appropriate for technical and non-technical individuals with a desire for a laboratory focused course to understand and appreciate the basics of pulping, bleaching, recovery, recycling, papermaking and converting operations.  Students receive a short course polo shirt.

For those interested in more in-depth instruction in a specific area, individualized instruction can be arranged for a fee.  The course registration fee is $1900. There are no refunds for the course.  The course is generally fully booked at least three weeks in advance.

For questions related to course content or individualized instruction, please contact Dr. Richard Venditti (919) 515-6185 or [email protected]

For more information and to register online please go to

For questions related to registration and payment, please contact Paula Harrod at [email protected] or 586-242-6874.


 Comments from  recent students:

Professors Venditti, Byrd, Jameel, and Pawlak:   Thank you all for a wonderful experience last week.  I appreciated the immersion we received in Pulp and Paper, from the market, chemistry, machines, processing, production and regulations to the hands on time in the labs and the pilot plant.  I can’t think of anything you could have added.  I finished the week with a much stronger understanding of our industry and the processes which support it.   Your enthusiasm for the business is contagious.  The opportunity to meet other similarly minded, yet geographically and occupationally diverse student professionals was appreciated greatly, also.  The food was a bonus!  Thank you for expanding our minds and interests and ability to communicate with other professionals within and beyond our industry.

  • The information was detailed and easily understood by both engineers and non-engineers. I will definitely suggest the course to others!
  • The experiments that were conducted were very supportive of the lecture component of the class and made a big difference in my level of understanding.
  • The lab experiments were great. It really helps to understand the system when you can work with it “hands-on”. The course material and information were excellent.
  • Instructors were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their presentation and lab topics.
  • It is an excellent course. The paper machine demonstration is very helpful.
  • I enjoyed the course very much. I wish my machine operators and other technicians could take it.
  • This is a very good course. The course tied a lot of things together for me.
  • This is an excellent course; providing an intense overview of the entire papermaking process.
  • Highly recommended for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge in the process of pulp and paper making.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants should 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 waste treatment and environmental regulation
  • Identify the major grades and properties of paper
  • Discuss stock preparation and the approach system
  • Explain the operation of the wet end and dry end of the paper machine
  • Discuss basic converting operations
  • Discuss the recycling of paper

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