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Integration of textile fabric and coconut shell in particleboard
Author(s): M. I. Misnon; S. A. Bahari; M. M. Islam; J. A. Epaarachchi
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Paper Abstract

In this study, cotton fabric and coconut shell were integrated in particleboard to reduce the use of wood. Particleboards containing mixed rubberwood and coconut shell with an equal weight ratio have been integrated with various layers of cotton fabric. These materials were bonded by urea formaldehyde with a content level of 12% by weight. Flexural and water absorption tests were conducted to analyze its mechanical properties and dimensional stability. Results of flexural test showed an increment at least double strength values in fabricated materials as compared to control sample. The existence of fabric in the particleboard system also improved the dimensional stability of the produced material. Enhancement of at least 39% of water absorption could help the dimensional stability of the produced material. Overall, these new particleboards showed better results with the incorporation of cotton fabric layers and this study provided better understanding on mechanical and physical properties of the fabricated particleboard.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 August 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8793, Fourth International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, 879305 (9 August 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2027836
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M. I. Misnon, Univ. of Southern Queensland (Australia)
Univ. Teknologi MARA (Malaysia)
S. A. Bahari, Univ. Teknologi MARA (Malaysia)
M. M. Islam, Univ. of Southern Queensland (Australia)
J. A. Epaarachchi, Univ. of Southern Queensland (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8793:
Fourth International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering
Jayantha A. Epaarachchi; Alan Kin-tak Lau; Jinsong Leng, Editor(s)

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