Evaluation Of Fiber Characteristics Of Ricinodedron Heudelotii (Baill, Pierre Ex Pax) For Pulp And Paper Making

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Author(s) Ogunleye Bolade Mercy | Fuwape Joseph Adeola | Oluyege Amos Olajide | Ajayi Babatunde | Fabiyi James Sunday
Pages 634-641
Volume 6
Issue 1
Date January, 2017
Keywords Fiber Characteristics, Fiber Length, Cell Wall Thickness, Lumen Width, Runkel Ratio, Flexibility, Slenderness Ratio

The fiber characteristics of Ricinodendron heudelotii (Baill, Pierre ex Pax), an angiosperm, were investigated for its potential as a fibrous raw material for pulp and paper production. Bolts of about 70 cm were cut from the felled trees at three different merchantable height levels of 10%, 50%, and 90% to obtain: corewood, middlewood and outerwood samples. The fiber characteristics of the selected trees viz: the fiber length, fibre diameter and lumen diameter were measured while the cell wall thickness, Runkel ratio, slenderness ratio, flexibility coefficient, Luce’s shape factor and solid factor of the fibers were derived from the measured fibre dimensions. The average fiber length, cell wall thickness, lumen width, Runkel ratio, flexibility and slenderness ratio were 1.40 mm, 4.6 mm, 32.3 µm, 0.31, 0.77 and 35.85, respectively. Some of the fibre morphology revealed that R. heudelotii is suitable for pulp and paper production

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