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Title: Mechanical and physical properties of composite panels manufactured from Chinese tallow tree furnish

Source: Forest Products Journal, Vol. 56(6): 64-67

Author(s)Shupe, Todd F.; Groom, Leslie H.; Eberhardt, Thomas L.; Rials, Timothy G.; Hse, Chung Y.; Pesacreta, Thomas

Publication Year: 2006  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: Chinese tallow tree is a noxious, invasive plant in the southeastern United States. It is generally considered a nuisance and has no current commercial use. The objective of this research was to determine the technical feasibility of using the stem wood of this species for particleboard, fiberboard, and structural flakeboard. Due to its rapid growth, Chinese tallow tree could be a leading raw material for bio-based composite panels. This preliminary study indicated that Chinese tallow tree can be successfully used for all three composite panel types to produce panels meeting various American National Standards Institute grades based modulus of rupture, modulus of elasticity, and internal bond.

Keywords: fiberboard; invasive species; particleboard; stiffness; strength; utilization

File size: 107 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/10/2006

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