There is an ever-increasing interest toward utilizing nanocellulose as barrier coatings and films, and recent studies have underlined the efficiency of using innovative fibrillation processes such as twin-screw extrusion with an enzymatic pretreatment for producing nanocellulose suspensions with solid contents as high as 20 wt %, which can lead to faster coating speeds and reduced drying energy costs. The current work aims at understanding the factors that influence high-throughput processability of high-solid-content nanocellulose during roll-to-roll coating. The rheological properties of 12.5, 10, and 7.5 wt % suspensions were evaluated across a wide range of shear rates and geometries (rotational, pipe, and slot). The influence of dispersants [carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) and sodium polyacrylate (NaPA)] on the rheology and coating quality was assessed. A Casson-power-cross model is proposed to explain the rheological behavior across a wide shear rate range and is used to predict useful parameters, viz., yield stress, transition shear rate, and power-law index at high shear rates. Finally, a 12.5 wt % nanocellulose suspension with CMC or NaPA dispersant was roll-to-roll-coated on paperboard using a slot-die applicator. CMC addition had a positive influence on the yield stress, thixotropy, and water release and, therefore, resulted in a better mineral oil and grease barrier of the coated samples compared to the rest.
|Julkaisu||ACS Applied Nano Materials|
|DOI - pysyväislinkit|
|Tila||Julkaistu - 26 elok. 2022|
|OKM-julkaisutyyppi||A1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu|