Effect of Thermal Treatment of Fast Growing Wood Fibers on Physical and Mechanical Properties of Light Medium Density Fiberboard


JARUSOMBUTI S., Ayrilmis N. , FUEANGVIVAT V., BAUCHONGKOL P.

HIGH TEMPERATURE MATERIALS AND PROCESSES, vol.30, no.3, pp.241-246, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1515/htmp.2011.038
  • Title of Journal : HIGH TEMPERATURE MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
  • Page Numbers: pp.241-246

Abstract

This study investigated physical and mechanical properties of the light medium density fiberboard (MDF) panels made from thermally treated wood fibers of eucalyptus camaldulensis at three different temperatures (393 K, 423 K or 453 K) for 30 or 60 min in a laboratory autoclave. The average thickness swelling of the panels decreased by 16-54% depending on the treatment temperature and time. However, the modulus of rupture, modulus of elasticity, and internal bond strength decreased by 16-37%, 9-25% and 10-39%, respectively. Based on the findings obtained from the present study, it may be said that wood fibers of E: camaldulensis treated at 453 K - 30 min can be used in the light MDF manufacture for use in humid conditions, such as kitchen and bathroom furniture requiring improved dimensional stability.