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Properties of particleboard produced using a sealed press


In this study, different properties of experimental particleboard produced using a sealed press were determined and were compared with those for particleboard produced using a conventional press. Three types of binder, namely urea formaldehyde (UF), melamine formaldehyde (MUF), and polymethylene diphenyl diisocyanate (PMDI), were used for board production. For the UF-bonded boards produced using the sealed press, the modulus of rupture and the internal bond strength (IB) decreased due to the high temperature and steam pressure used in comparison to the conditions in a conventional press. However, MUF- and PMDI-bonded boards had improved IB and thickness swelling (TS). For the PMDI-bonded boards, especially, the TS was further improved and IB was increased by using a sealed press. PMDI is known to possess superior properties and was confirmed to achieve good properties when used as a binder for particleboards produced using a sealed press.


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Korai, H., Ling, N. Properties of particleboard produced using a sealed press. J Wood Sci 57, 14–19 (2011).

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