Chemical, physico-mechanical properties and biological durability of rubberwood particleboards after post heat-treatment in palm oil

  • Seng Hua Lee, Zaidon Ashaari, Wei Chen Lum, Aik Fei Ang, Juliana Abdul Halip, Rasmina Halis
  • Holzforschung, October 2017, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/hf-2017-0086

Performance of rubberwood particleboard after post heat-treated in palm oil

What is it about?

Heat treatment is an effective method in enhancing the dimensional stability and durability of wood and wood-based products. We have treated rubberwood particleboard in high temperature after submerged in palm oil. Improved dimensional stability and durability were observed to confirm the effectiveness of heat treatment.

Why is it important?

Dimensional stability is important as changes in dimensions would adversely affected the performance of particleboard, both visually and functionally. On the other hand, resistance against termites is also crucial as heavily attack will lead to financial loss and threaten the users' safety. Our findings showed that the heat treatment had improved both dimensional stability and durability to a great extent.


Seng Hua Lee
Universiti Putra Malaysia

We hope this paper give people some perspectives about the feasibility of application of different treatment in wood-based products. We wish that this paper will generate some new ideas in the relevant research area.

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