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Veneer strand flanged I-beam with MDF or particleboard as web material II: effect of resin type, application rate, strand dimension, and pressing time on the basic properties

Veneer strand flanged I-beam with MDF or particleboard as web material II: effect of resin type, application rate, strand dimension, and pressing time on the basic properties

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Title: Veneer strand flanged I-beam with MDF or particleboard as web material II: effect of resin type, application rate, strand dimension, and pressing time on the basic properties
Author: Abdalla, Ashraf Mohamed Ahmed
Abstract: Optimization of the manufacturing conditions of the veneer strand flanged I-beam invented in the previous study was investigated using different combinations of strand dimensions, resin types between web and flange, different pressing times, and different wood–resin moisture contents under conventional hot pressing conditions. The main results revealed that the strand dimensions have no effect on the bending properties of the flange part and the dimensional stability of the I-beam. Increasing the resin application rate between strands was found to improve the dimensional stability of the I-beams. The use of isocyanate (MDI) resin between web and flange significantly improved the bond strength between web and flange, the modulus of rupture of the I-beam, and the modulus of rupture of the flange part. Dimensional stability was also improved. Shortening the pressing time from 20 to 12min was found to be feasible. Using low wood-resin moisture content was found to interfere with the curing of the phenol–formaldehyde (PF) resin at the flange part resulting in poor quality beams. Of the three moisture content levels tested, 12% was found to be the optimal level for producing I-beams with balanced mechanical properties and dimensional stability.
URI: http://khartoumspace.uofk.edu/handle/123456789/18197
Date: 2016-01-05


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