Effects of the Improvement in Thermal Conductivity Coefficient by Nano-Wollastonite on Physical and Mechanical Properties in Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF)

Hamid Reza Taghiyari, Mohammad Ghorbanali, Paridah M. D. Tahir

Abstract


The improving effect of an increase in the thermal conductivity caused by nano-wollastonite (NW) on the physical and mechanical properties of medium-density fiberboard (MDF) was studied. Nanowollastonite was applied at 2, 4, 6, and 8 g/kg, based on the dry weight of wood-chips, and compared with control specimens. The size range of wollastonite nanofibers was 30 to 110 nm. The results show that NW significantly (p < 0.05) increased thermal conductivity. The increased thermal conductivity resulted in a better curing of the resin; consequently, mechanical properties were improved significantly. Furthermore, the formation of bonds between wood fibers and wollastonite contributed to fortifying the MDF. It was concluded that a NW content of 2 g/kg did not significantly improve the overall properties and therefore cannot be recommended to industry. Because the properties of NW-6 and NW-8 were significantly similar, a NW-content of 6 g/kg can be recommended to industry to significantly (p < 0.05) improve the properties of MDF panels.

Keywords


Minerals; Nanotechnology; Particleboard; Thermal conductivity coefficient; Wollastonite; Wood composite

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