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Experimental Investigation of Vertical Density Profile of Medium Density Fiberboard in Hot Press

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar 25000, Pakistan
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Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Engineering Department, School of Engineering and Technology, Aston University, Birmingham B4 7ER, UK
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Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Taif University, Taif 21944, Saudi Arabia
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bahrain, Isa Town P.O. Box 32038, Bahrain
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Academic Editors: Dario De Domenico and Stefano Invernizzi
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(22), 10769; https://doi.org/10.3390/app112210769
Received: 24 August 2021 / Revised: 29 October 2021 / Accepted: 9 November 2021 / Published: 15 November 2021
This research investigates the performance of medium density fiberboard (MDF) with respect to hot press parameters. The performance of the board, type of glue, and production efficiency determine the optimum temperature and pressure for hot pressing. The actual temperature of the hot press inside the MDF board determines the properties of the final product. Hence, the optimal hot press parameters for the desired product are experimentally obtained. Moreover, MDF is experimentally investigated in terms of its vertical density profile, bending, and internal bonding under the various input parameters of temperature, pressure, cycle time, and moisture content during the manufacturing process. The experimental study is carried out by varying the temperature, pressure, cycle time, and moisture content in the ranges of 200–220 °C, 145–155 bar, 260–275 s, and 8–10%, respectively. Consequently, the optimum input parameters of a hot-pressing temperature of 220 °C, pressure of 155 bar, cycle time of 256 s, and moisture content of 8% are identified for the required internal bonding (0.64 N/mm2), bending (32 N/mm2), and increase in both the core and peak density of the vertical density profile as per the ASTM standard. View Full-Text
Keywords: medium density fiberboard; bending; internal bonding; vertical density profile; hot-pressing temperature; pressure; moisture content; cycle time medium density fiberboard; bending; internal bonding; vertical density profile; hot-pressing temperature; pressure; moisture content; cycle time
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Minhas, A.H.; Ullah, N.; Riaz, A.A.; Siddiqi, M.U.R.; Abualnaja, K.M.; Althubeiti, K.; Muhammad, R. Experimental Investigation of Vertical Density Profile of Medium Density Fiberboard in Hot Press. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 10769. https://doi.org/10.3390/app112210769

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Minhas AH, Ullah N, Riaz AA, Siddiqi MUR, Abualnaja KM, Althubeiti K, Muhammad R. Experimental Investigation of Vertical Density Profile of Medium Density Fiberboard in Hot Press. Applied Sciences. 2021; 11(22):10769. https://doi.org/10.3390/app112210769

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Minhas, Asfar Hameed, Naveed Ullah, Asim Ahmad Riaz, Muftooh Ur Rehman Siddiqi, Khamael M. Abualnaja, Khaled Althubeiti, and Riaz Muhammad. 2021. "Experimental Investigation of Vertical Density Profile of Medium Density Fiberboard in Hot Press" Applied Sciences 11, no. 22: 10769. https://doi.org/10.3390/app112210769

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