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Ultra-light particleboard: characterization of foam core layer by digital image correlation

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2017
Author Shalbafan Ali Rhême Martin Thoemen Heiko,
Project A new generation of ultra-light bio-based particleboard produced with an in-line foaming step
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal European Journal of Wood and Wood Products
Volume (Issue) 75(1)
Page(s) 43 - 53
Title of proceedings European Journal of Wood and Wood Products
DOI 10.1007/s00107-016-1088-0

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Increasing markets for internet-traded furniture, but also economic concerns are main driving forces to con- siderably reduce the weight of wood-based furniture panels. Recent research and technological developments have led to an innovative one-step process which simplifies the typical multi-step process for production of foam core panels. Three layered sandwich panels (with particleboard faces and polymeric in situ expanded foam as core layer) can be pro- duced by a one-step process without additional gluing between the face and core layers. As the morphology of the foam and hence its mechanical properties strongly depend on its chemical composition, as well as on the process param- eters during expansion, there are no data available, so far, describing the foam of the novel panels. The aim of the proposed project is to determine the elastic properties of in situ expanded foams using 2D digital image correlation. The data can be used later on for the simulation of the elastic behavior of foam core particleboards by means of FEM to describe the short and long term behavior of the panels.