Decay resistance of high performance biocomposites based on chemically modified fibres
V Rijckaert, J Van Acker, M Stevens
Different partners within the framework of a European research project produced high performance biocomposites aiming at the utilisation of board materials as durable products both in dimensional and biological degrading circumstances. This paper summarises test data, which indicate the potential of board materials produced with modified fibre material. The chemical modifications applied cover a range of technologies, which were selected for scaling up experiments. Acetylation, as well as alternative methods like maleiation, phthalylation, succinylation, oxidation and silylation were investigated. Fibre source, density variation and the use of several types of glues were parameters of the total set-up. Basidiomycete testing was carried out using specific methodology for board materials elaborated in CEN standardisation committees.
Keywords: CHEMICAL MODIFICATION; MDF FIBRES; BASIDIOMYCETES; BOARD MATERIALS
Conference: 98-06-14/19 Maastricht, The Low Countries