New technology for the continuous production of wood-based lightweight panels

Barbu, Marius; Romania, Braşov; Ludtke, Jan; Thömen, Heiko; Welling, Johannes (October 2010). New technology for the continuous production of wood-based lightweight panels In: Proceedings of the International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe – Timber Committee (pp. 1-10). United Nations Economic Commission for European Timber Committee

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Lightweight boards in the wood-based panel and furniture industry are not a new topic. First tri-als to reduce the density of PB and MDF boards were mentioned more than one decade ago. Sandwich panels with faces from thick veneer, plywood, thin PB or MDF and cores made from honeycomb paper, very light wood species or foams are also state of the art since at least two decades. The fast growing market of knockdown furniture on the one hand and the increasing costs for energy and raw materials on the other hand are additional factors that make weight sav-ing a primary economical objective for most panel producers. Moreover, customers demand more for ergonomically solutions regarding packaging and transportation. A new one-stage production process for sandwich panels with wood-based facings made from veneers, wood particles or fi-bres and a core consisting of expandable particles is presented. It could be integrated in existing continuous pressing lines for PB and MDF manufacturing keeping the advantages of this produc-tion technique in matter of efficiency. The manufacturing of lightweight sandwich panels in a continuous one-stage process should combine the production of the dense facings and the very light core layer. During the first stage of the hot pressing process, the mat surfaces are compacted to high densities and the resin cures in this state. In a second stage, the press is opened to the final panel thickness. In this stage, the foam material expands and forms the lightweight core. The core material itself acts also as a bonding matter to the facings. The lightweight panels that were pro-duced at lab scale reveal mechanical properties that are comparable to recently used wood-based panels while obtaining a weight reduction of 30-50%.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > Institute for Materials and Wood Technology
BFH Centres > BFH Centre for Wood - Resource and Material

Name:

Barbu, Marius;
Romania, Braşov;
Ludtke, Jan;
Thömen, Heiko and
Welling, Johannes

Subjects:

Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

Publisher:

United Nations Economic Commission for European Timber Committee

Language:

English

Submitter:

Sally Haddad

Date Deposited:

22 Apr 2020 11:11

Last Modified:

22 Apr 2020 11:11

Uncontrolled Keywords:

light composite board sandwich panel foamed core continuous pressing

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.11592

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/11592

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