Fiberboard Created Using the Natural Adhesive Properties of Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles

Brent H. Tisserat, HongSik Hwang, Steven F. Vaughn, Mark A. Berhow, Steven C. Petersen, Nirmal Joshee, Brajesh N. Vaidya, Rogers Harry-O’Kuru


Distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) were employed as a bio-based resin/adhesive. DDGS were defatted with hexane, ball ground, and screened prior to use. DDGS flour was mixed dry with Paulownia wood (PW) to make composites using the following conditions: temperature of 150 to 195 °C, PW particle sizes of  75 to 1700 m, pressure of 2.1 to 5.6 MPa, and using DDGS dosages of 10 to 100%. Molded composites were evaluated for their flexural properties. Composites were examined with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, and X-ray diffraction. The best flexural properties were obtained from composites containing 50% DDGS and 50% PW, using 180 to 250 m PW particles, pressed at 5.6 MPa, and employing 185 °C. Flexural properties of DDGS-PW composites were similar to composites fabricated using soybean flour (Prolia) as the resin/adhesive. Dimensional stability properties (water absorbance and thickness swelling) of DDGS-PW and Prolia-PW composites were similar. DDGS-PW composite properties satisfied several European Committee Industry Standards for fiberboards in terms of flexural properties but were inferior in terms of thickness swelling properties.


Medium density fiberboard; Particle board; Renewable resources; Paulownia; Flexural properties; Thermal properties; Dimensional stability

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