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Materials 2009, 2(3), 926-933; doi:10.3390/ma2030926

Properties of Strandboard Panels Manufactured from Eastern Redcedar

Department of Natural Resource Ecology & Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-6013, USA
Received: 5 July 2009 / Revised: 23 July 2009 / Accepted: 13 August 2009 / Published: 14 August 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Composite Materials)
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This study evaluated physical and mechanical properties of experimental strandboard panels with random flake alignment manufactured from eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) logs. Panels were made at two density levels of 0.65 g/cm3 and 0.78 g/cm3 using phenol formaldehyde adhesive applied at a rate of 8%. Mechanical properties including modulus of elasticity and modulus of rupture, and internal bond strength of the panels in addition to their thickness swelling characteristics were evaluated. As expected, mechanical properties of the samples improved with increasing panel density. Thickness swelling of the samples for 2- and 24-h water soaking test ranged from 6.32% to 18.41%. Both physical and mechanical properties of the panels showed acceptable results, comparable to those found in past studies using other species to manufacture similar types of product. Based on initial findings of this study it appears that eastern redcedar, which is an under-utilized invasive resource, has potential as a raw material for structural panel manufacture.
Keywords: strandboard; eastern redcedar; mechanical properties strandboard; eastern redcedar; mechanical properties
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