Pretreatment of wood particulates for removal of wood extractives
Patent 5698667 Issued on December 16, 1997. Estimated Expiration Date: December 27, 2015. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
A process for extracting volatile organic compounds and pitch from wood particulates, thereby virtually eliminating the emission of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere during the processing of wood particulates into commercially useful products, such as oriented strandboard, particle board, chipboard veneers, and pulp and paper products. The removal of pitch permits the production of pulps of higher brightness, requiring less chemical bleaching agents. Moreover, removal of pitch eliminates pitch scale formation in pulp mills and on pulp and paper machines with resultant improved efficiencies and reduced use of pitch treatment chemicals. In the extraction process, a solvent or blend of solvents, leach wood extractives, including volatile organic compounds and pitch, from the wood particulates to produce a miscella. The miscella is separated from the leached wood particulates and solvent contained in the miscella is recovered and recycled for reuse. The wood extractives of the miscella may be sold as chemical feedstocks or used as a fuel. Any volatile organic compounds released as vapors in wood processing operations prior to the extraction step are collected, absorbed onto activated carbon particulates, and recovered for sale or combustion.
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