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PSE 202 Pulp and Paper Laboratory Skills


One credit hour course, fall semester, PSE 200 concurrent registration

Friday laboratory session 2:15 - 5:05pm 102 Walters Hall

Course description and objectives:


Course Description:

Three hours of laboratory per week provide a working knowledge of fundamental papermaking concepts. "Survival" skills learned enable students to perform well in subsequent PSE courses as well as summer employment. Operations and skills include: pulp preparation and analysis, papermaking, paper testing, report writing and team work.


Course Objectives:

  • Develop laboratory skills necessary for subsequent PBE courses, summer inter and co-op experiences.


  • Learn basic terminology, concepts and standard test procedures associated with pulp and paper from the tree (log) to product (machine made paper).


  • Gain experience in recycling paper.


  • Develop/refine individual communication skills by writing laboratory reports and presenting an oral Power Point laboratory report.


  • Gain team-work experience in critically evaluating test results, proposing direction and reporting outcome.


Students engaged in this course will investigate different fiber sources and combine them to make copy paper as a final research project first at the laboratory bench-top scale and then scale-up to a small pilot machine run. The semester concludes with research group presentations:

The Paper Savages

Dunder Miflin



William M. Burry
307 Walters Hall
(315) 470-4779



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