The latest issue of International Wood Products Journal on the theme of panel products is available. The issue contains work presented at the International Panels Products Symposium that took place from 6–8 October 2011 in Wales, UK, and is guest edited by Dr Morwenna Spear and Dr Graham Ormondroyd from the BioComposites Centre at Bangor University. The range of articles includes papers from academics as well as industrialists that reflect the variety of ways wood can be handled in the manufacture of composite wood products.
Two highlights in this issue are papers that address the sometimes neglected aspect of coating or laminating woodbased panels.
Kenaf MDF Panels: A Statistical Approach in Parameter Selection by Dr Sanjeev Rao et al
The quest to manufacture panels from novel feedstocks and use bio-derived resin systems continues as a measure to reduce pressure on limited resources. Ecofriendly kenaf fibreboards were successfully produced in this study as an alternative to conventional woodfibre MDF. Soy-based bio-adhesive was used as bonding agent to avoid harmful emissions that are commonly produced by the conventional resins. The physical appearance of these boards plays a vital role in their common uses in infrastructure and domestic furniture applications, so powder coating presents an opportunity for efficiently coating the panel with low waste.
Low Formaldehyde Emission MDF Overlaid with Wood Veneer: Bonding Problems - Assessment by Jorge Manuel Martins et al
When thinking about strategies to reduce formaldehyde emissions in wood-based panels, their impact on boards processing is usually neglected. The group led by Jorge Martins and Luisa Carvalho at DEMad in Viseu and LEPAE in Oporto, has been developing new bonding systems and new pressing systems for reduced formaldehyde emissions. In parallel with this they have considered the impact of formaldehyde on the cutting (edge quality) and surfacing (surface soundness) operations in panels.
International Wood Products Journal
The official journal of the Wood Technology Society, International Wood Products Journal, publishes peer reviewed contributions on all aspects of wood science, engineering and technology, processing and applications.
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