Response of mat conditions and flakeboard properties to steam- injection variables
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Flakeboard strength and dimensional stability properties were tested. Steam-injection pressing produced panels with superior dimensional stability as compared to conventional pressing. The high steam press schedule produced internal bond and shear strengths equal to the conventional press schedule for phenol formaldehyde. Medium steam press schedules produced superior internal bond and shear strengths to the conventional press schedule for polymeric MDI. The conventional press schedule produced superior static bending MOR strengths for both resins.
A fluorescence microscope was interfaced with a digitizing image analysis system to measure resin penetration area on flakes recovered from inside of the mat. Wood anatomy was found to be the dominating factor in creating high variablity in resin penetration area measurements, as differences could not be detected due to the press schedules or resin type.
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