Improving Properties of Particleboards with Reduced Density

Karoly Lengyel, Marius Catalin Barbu, Mihaela Campean, Nicolae Badin, Bogdan Bedelean


The goal of this research was to examine factors affecting the feasibility of manufacturing particleboards at significantly lower density, while reducing the formaldehyde emissions. A further goal was to not significantly affect other important physical and mechanical properties of the boards, including swelling in thickness, surface absorption, bending strength, modulus of elasticity, internal bond, and surface soundness. By varying the raw material recipe (ratio between hardwood and softwood chips), it was found that increasing the amount of hardwood chips led to a significant decrease of the formaldehyde emissions, but also to a significant increase of the thickness swelling and surface absorption. The simple density reduction of particleboards was not a viable alternative because all properties were seriously affected. Therefore, the tests on particleboards with reduced density were repeated, but this time an isocyanate-based additive was added into the recipe at 0.25% and 0.4%. A noticeable improvement of all analyzed properties was achieved.


Particleboards with lower density and reduced formaldehyde emission; Influence on bending strength; Modulus of elasticity; Internal bond

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