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García-Ortuño, T., Andréu-Rodríguez, J., Ferrández-García, M. T., Ferrández-Villena, M.., and Ferrández-García, C. E. (2011). "Evaluation of the physical and mechanical properties of particleboard made from giant reed (Arundo donax L.)," BioRes. 6(1), 477-486.


Single-layer experimental particleboards were made from various sizes of Arundo donax particles bonded with urea formaldehyde resin. The experimental panels were tested for their mechanical strength including modulus of rupture (MOR), modulus of elasticity (MOE), internal bonding (IB), screw holding strength (SH), and physical properties (density, moisture content, thickness swelling (TS), and water absorption (WA)) according to the procedures defined by European Union (EN) Standards. The overall results showed that most panels exceeded the EN Standards for MOE, MOR, and IB. The mechanical properties of the particleboard were enhanced as the density increased. Particle size was found to have a profound effect on the board properties.
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