Production line

Non asbestos, PVA fiber reinforced cement corrugated roofing sheet production line:
An introductory document

This document try to give an overview information of the PVA fiber reinforced cement corrugated sheet production line. It means for general audience and should not be considered as technical proprosal. 

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Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hung
Head of Imp & Exp
Vietnam Investment and Technology Development Company Limited. (VITD Co., Ltd)
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The  original  process  for  fiber-cement  manufacturing  was  developed  by  Ludwig  Hatschek  at  the  end  of  19th Century  based  on  the  paper  industry.  Since then, Hatschek process has been subjected to constant improvements to achieve higher output and better performance without affecting its basic principle: filtering a dilute suspension of cement on a rotating cylinder sieve. The  thin  layer  obtained  by  filtration  is  transferred  and  accumulated  in  cylindrical  presses,  until  the  desired thickness. Later the green sheet is cut and conformed as a corrugated sheet or flat panel. Even today, this process is widely used: almost 85% of fiber-cement products sold in the World are produced by  Hatschek  process.  On  the  other  hand,  composition  has  experienced  new  developments  by  incorporating mineral and synthetic fibers, chemical additives and cements with new characteristics.


Fiber cement asbestos based products had been widely used in the world due to their versatility as
corrugated and  flat  roofing  materials,  cladding  panels  and  water  containers  presented  in  large  number  of  building  and agriculture applications.
Following the worldwide movement for replacement of asbestos fiber, manufacturers started to look for new alternatives for fiber  reinforcement  which  comply with  Hatschek  machines  and  provides  good  performance  and  high functional durability products. In addition to long term durability, compatibility to Portland cement matrix, process ability, availability and cost, alternative fibers for reinforcement must have high mechanical properties. High tenacity, high modulus and reduced elongation at rupture are considered key attributes.


It is apparent that the long-term durability under hostile environments is required for a reinforcement  material  used  in  roofing.  PVA  fiber  have  been  used  as  a  reinforcement material of cement for more than 25 years because they have high alkaline resistance and high tensile strength. In fact, it was confirmed that the tensile strength of the fiber in cement sheet has kept their original levels after about 20 years outdoors exposure test. The change of tensile strength of the fiber with time is generally very small.
Testing of PVA  filament  yarn  manufactured  by  reputed manufacturer:
Yarn count and number of filament:   2000 dtex / 1000 filaments
Tensile strength :                                 196 N
Elongation at break :                           6.7%
Elastic modulus :                                 4060 N(26.4 GPa)
Loss on boiling for 30 minutes :         less than 1%


Features of the Asbestos free corrugated sheet production line:
Capacity:                                  4 tons of processed materials
Cycle time:                               18 seconds for 2 sheets
Labor required:                        12 to 15 persons/8 hrs shift
Total power consumption:       400KW aprrox.
Corrugation forming method:  Atmospheric corrugation method
Required space:                       1500 m2
Standard compliance:             TCVN 4434:2000; JIS A 5430:2004 ; KS L 5114:1998; ISO 9933:1995
Other Product Types:              Asbestos free flat sheet

Asbestos free corrugated sheet production plant - first version


The first stage of the production called pulp preparation. Craft paper are deposited into the vertical mixer for mixing-up with water. The mix is then pumped into fine mixer unit which consists of four rotary paddle mixers and an intermediate silos. The fine mixer unit is controlled automatically in order to obtained required finess of the mix. This is an important step since the fineness can directly affect the physical property of the pulp as well as filtering property. After these required properties are achieved, the mix became slurry mix and transferred into a reservoir tank. The slurry mix will then get proportioned with other materials in later stage.

Cellulose Unit - 3D model

Cellulose Unit - 1st version


PVA fiber are kept in pre-weighted package measured or weighed by automatic scale, then dropped into the pre-mixer which consist of two reversing plates and are broken into finer form. After the pre-mixer, PVA fibers are then sucked into pneumatic piping system which then get completely separated into ‘single’ fiber. This way the fibers will disperse better and avoid caking effect. Separated PVA fibers continue traveling down the pneumatic piping system to the de-pressurizing chamber and then dropped into the vertical hydraulic mixer and dispersed into the slurry mix. One-component slurry mix then pumped at given dosage into the hydraulic vertical mixer. At this stage, cement and water are added by automatic dosing system to get the two-component slurry mix. Other additives namely silica fume and bentonite are also added by pre-programed dosage at this stage. PVA fiber are again added to the two-component slurry mix to get the three-component slurry mix. The mix continues moving into the turbo-mixer and adding of other additives also taking place.


The slurry mix then pumped into the green sheet forming unit. A notable difference compare to other mixing method is where this technology required the PVA fiber to disperse completely in the mix. Complete dispersion ensure the physical property of the finished sheets.
The green sheet forming unit starting with the rotary distributing mixer. The mix consist of paper pulp, PVA fiber, cement and other additives  of smaller proportion. The mix is stored in the distribution mixer to avoid any setting taking place and later transferred into the green-sheet forming tank at a fixed rate at a certain time interval. The distribution mixer also adds the ‘muddy water’ automatically to maintain necessary water proportion in the mix. By the principle of hydrostatic pressure and filtering a dilute suspension, the materials are settled or accumulated on the cylindrical presses, one layered upon another. When the required thickness is achieved, automatic cutter will detach the green sheet from the rotating cylinder sieve. The green sheet is then moved to the 1st conveyer belt. The green sheet continue moving into the 2nd conveyer belt in which they are precisely cut by the vertical and horizontal cutter.  Length and width of the sheet are achieve. The green sheet is picked-up by the air-suction forming unit then laid down onto the metal mould. The green sheet got its shape. The forming process is finished.
Hatschek Machine: 03 or 04 Suspension Vats: It can be moved out for cleaning and maintaining (removable Vat).

Non asbestos produciton line: Hatschek Machine Model (04 Suspension Vats)

Non asbestos sheet production line: Hatschek Machine Model(03 Suspension Vats)


Next, the fresh sheets are stacked on to trolley and transported to the steam curing chamber. The steam chamber accelerates the curing process. After roughly 3 hours, the product got its required initial strength and can be demoulded by automate stacker unit. Fresh sheets are then moved out for normal air-curing. The metal moulds are returned to use for the next production cycle. The process flow chart are similar to the asbestos fiber cement production flow chart with few differences in equipments and cycling speed. This is one of the main objective while of the initial study, especially with conversion project, of existing asbestos production line to asbestos free at minimal cost.

Stacker with Corrugators Machine

The study and transferring of technology was done in 2003 in first pilot version of production line installed in 2004.

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1 comment:

  1. We are intrested to your production line to install in Iran .