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Kevin T Hodgson
PSE 201
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Pulp, Paper, and Bioproducts

Broad overview of the science and technology of producing pulp and paper. Introduction of the PSE major course sequence and various career options. Examination of Pacific Northwest pulp and paper production facilities. Offered: concurrently with CFR 505; A.

Class description

This course provides an introduction to the science and technology of pulping and papermaking, as well as a survey of some important topics in the emerging areas of bioenergy and bioproducts. It serves both as a first course to those majoring in PSE, and as a technically-based survey course for other majors interested in learning about the technical aspects of this industry.

Student learning goals

Brief history of pulping and papermaking. Basic chemical structure of wood and detailed properties of cellulose.

Important bioproducts from lignocellulosic materials and methods of producing bioenergy.

Pulping methods: chemical versus mechanical pulping. Bleaching of wood pulp. Attributes and processing of secondary fiber.

Basics principles of papermaking and papermachine design and construction. Energy requirements of paper drying.

Major paper converting operations, such as corrugated containers.

General method of instruction

Lectures, homework assignments, in-class exams, and occasional guest speakers.

Recommended preparation

High school science and math: Chemistry, Physics, and Math through pre-calculus. Interest in science and engineering topics.

Class assignments and grading

Reading assignments in textbook; numerical and descriptive homework problems relevant to lecture material.

Points earned on Exams and HW assignments; class participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kevin T Hodgson
Date: 01/03/2008