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ATMP – focus on energy savings and improved mechanical fibers

ANDRITZ Advanced TMP (ATMP) technology is the latest in a series of breakthroughs to reduce electric power consumption. The ATMP process is suitable for most softwood species and is outstanding with various pines. It can be implemented in stages during the rebuild of a conventional TMP plant.

Due to its modular design, the ATMP process can be implemented in stages during the rebuild of a conventional TMP (thermo-mechanical pulp) plant. Considerable research has been directed to the fundamentals of wood breakdown – specifically defibration (breaking the chips into fiber bundles) and fibrillation (creating the bonding surfaces) – to reduce the specific energy demand and improve the fiber bonding.

A traditional TMP plant attempts to accomplish defibration and fibrillation in the same primary refiner. The ATMP methodology demonstrates that these two tasks need different conditions in order to succeed. It is better to separate the two steps.

ATMP process description

In the ATMP process, the first stage (RTFibration) is performed in a pressurized Impressafiner and a fiberizer (low specific energy refiner) to delaminate the wood chips into loose structures of fibers. With a large surface area, these bundles are perfect for targeted chemical treatment to attack the secondary fiber walls and improve the bonding characteristics in the next stage (high-intensity RTS refining).

Enhance fiber development – Reduce energy consumption

A 300-800 kWh/t energy saving for a given pulp tensile strength has been confirmed at mills running the combination of chemicals and mechanical treatment alone. The high energy efficiency and pulp quality at lower freeness in the primary stage requires less refining energy in the secondary and/or reject refining stages. Modern mills are using energy-efficient LC refiners which further reduce the specific energy consumption of the entire production line.

Benefits

  • Energy savings from 300–800 kWh/t
  • Higher bonding strength
  • Higher brightness of unbleached and bleached pulps
  • Lowest shive content
  • Reduced extractives content
  • Applicable for a large variety of softwood species, including spruce and pine
  • Significant improvements in pine pulp properties
  • Modular system – easy to retrofit
  • Excellent economic payback

ATMP process diagram

ATMP process diagram

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