Particleboard: A New Feed Stock from Tropical Rapid Growth and Aggressive Coppicing
国际木文化学会 | 726 view(s) | 2021/05/27
报告嘉宾：Wan Mohd Nazri Wan Abdul Rahman
个人简介：Lecturer/Associate Professor of Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
In Malaysia, the depleting supply of raw materials for wood composite give a bad impact to mills as their production could be decreased or stopped. This will impact the Malaysian wood-based economy locally and globally. Usage of tree with fast characteristic and small in wood diameter is essential to add source of feedstock to mills. This initiative can reduce the independency of wood source from our virgin forest and safeguard the environment. Wood composite is a material which used by furniture manufacturer and construction industry to support our daily lifestyle. In order to maintain the demand, this study investigates on the mechanical properties of particleboard (density 660 kgm3) made of Leucaena leucocephala, rubberwood and mixed tropical trees by using a different ratio species. Leucaena leucocephala at age of 18 month old, recycle wood from rubber tree and mix tropical wood from sawmill waste were used. Wood species ratio for particleboard are a) 100% Leucaena (L), b) 50% Leucaena and 50% rubberwood (LR) and 50% rubberwood : 50% Mixed Tropical (RMT) with board dimension 3680 mm x 2465 mm x 25 mm were produced. The result shows all species ratio passed minimum requirements of EN standard for commercial used. The performance of Leucaena particleboard is better by despite lower by 4% in resin utilization. The board performance matched the current raw materials (mixed tropical wood:rubberwood). It is proved that Leucaena wood is suitable for using as raw material in particleboard manufactured. The Leucaena wood performance could be further optimized for the purpose of commercialization.