Optimization for Fire Performance of Ultra-low Density Fiberboards Using Response Surface Methodology

Zhenzeng Wu, Daobang Huang, Wei Wang, Tingjie Chen, Ming Lin, Yongque Xie, Min Niu, Xiaodong Wang


The optimization of the process conditions for fire retardant ultra-low density fiberboards (ULDFs) was investigated using response surface methodology (RSM). Three parameters, namely those of Borax-Zinc-Silicate-Aluminum (B-Zn-Si-Al), chlorinated paraffin (CP), and chloride-vinyl chloride emulsions (PVDC) were chosen as variables. The considerably high R2 value (99.98%) indicated the statistical significance of the model. The optimal process conditions for the limiting oxygen index (LOI) were determined by analyzing the response surface’s three-dimensional surface plot and contour plot, and by solving the regression model equation with Design Expert software. The Box-Behnken design (BBD) was used to optimize the process conditions, which showed that the most favorable dosages of B-Zn-Si-Al, CP, and PVDC were 800 mL, 46.47 mL, and 35.64 g, respectively. Under the optimized conditions, the maximum LOI was 48.4.


Ultra-low density; Optimization; Fire performance; Response Surface Methodology; Box-Behnken design; Limiting oxygen index

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