Effects of Some Mineral Wools and Adhesives on Burning Characteristics of Particleboard

Onur Ülker, Erol Burdurlu


In this study, effects of adhesive and additive's type and ratio on burning characteristics of particleboard (PB) added glass wool (GW) and rock wool (RW) were researched. PB's furnish was derived from 50% Crimean pine, 30% Eastern Black Sea oak, 15% quaking aspen, and 5% residues of wood machining, and moisture content of furnish was 1.5 to 3%. Seventy PBs with 0.64 g/cm3 density, urea formaldehyde (UF)/melamine formaldehyde (MF) fixed amount, 14 mm thickness, 45x45 cm2 dimensions and 10%, 15%, 20% SW/GW additives were produced. The 150 ºC pressing temperature with 25 kg/cm2 compression pressure was constant. Burning tests for determination of ignition time, flaming combustion temperature, flaming combustion duration, smoldering combustion duration, and mass loss during burning were made according to DIN4102 standards. According to the results of the tests, adhesive type did not affect ignition time and mass loss. While flaming combustion temperature of PB with UF was 19% higher, flaming combustion duration and smoldering combustion duration was 32% and 29% lower than those of PB with MF, respectively. While ignition time of PB with GW was 50% higher than that of PB with RW, changes in burning properties were similar for both PBs. An increase in the content of GW and RW affected burning properties of PB positively and an increase of ignition time up to 196% were obtained.


Particleboard; Rock wool; Glass wool; Wood composite; Fire resistance

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