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Production of high-performance low density fibreboard from co-refined rubberwood-kenaf core fibres


Saharudin, Mohd Hizami and Md. Tahir, Paridah and Anwar, U. M. K. and Abdul Halip, Juliana and Lee, Seng Hua (2020) Production of high-performance low density fibreboard from co-refined rubberwood-kenaf core fibres. Journal of Tropical Forest Science, 32 (1). 17 - 24. ISSN 2521-9847


A 50:50 kenaf core to rubberwood ratio were used to fabricate low-density fibreboards. Firstly, the fibres were co-refined at 180 °C for 10 min. Refined fibres were sieved on six levels of size distribution. Results on fibre size distribution concluded that the co-refined fibres were similar in size, in comparison to commercial rubberwood fibres. Low-density fibreboards were fabricated using the admixture of both rubberwood and kenaf core fibres. The results showed that board density played a greater role in producing high quality lightweight fibreboard rather than resin content. The study also revealed that low density fibreboards with acceptable properties could be successfully produced. Low-density fibreboards (550 kg m-3) had comparable physical and mechanical properties to those of commercial MDF (720 kg m-3). Nevertheless, a slightly higher resin content of 14% is needed, in comparison to the commercial MDF. Combining kenaf core and rubberwood fibres improved the internal bonding strength significantly. A total of 80% of the low-density fibreboards produced in this study passed the British Standard 622-5: 2009 even at a board density as low as 350 kg m-3.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Forestry
Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.26525/jtfs32.1.17
Publisher: Forest Research Institute Malaysia
Keywords: Light density fibreboard; Rubberwood; Kenaf core; Physical; Mechanical
Depositing User: Mohamad Jefri Mohamed Fauzi
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2022 04:08
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2022 04:08
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/87318
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