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    Nonwoven fiberglass face laminates have long been applied to consolidated wood- based composites to improve their performance and serviceability. In this study, fiberglass mats with 50 percent resin binder were applied as face laminates to unconsolidated wood fiber or flake mats, then hot-pressed to make overlaid medium density fiberboard and flakeboard. Fiberglass reinforcement improved mechanical, surface quality, and water-resistance properties. Such improvement could make fiberglass reinforcement during composite processing very attractive for enhancing the properties and durability of mat-formed engineered wood composites. This approach also might contribute to the future development of exterior wood composite products.

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    Cai, Zhiyong. 2006. Selected properties of MDF and flakeboard overlaid with fiberglass mats. Forest products journal. Vol. 56, nos. 11/12 (Nov./Dec. 2006): pages 142-146.


    Particle board, glass fibers, water repellents, composite materials, mechanical properties, particle board, fiberboard, heat treatment, moisture, surface properties, moisture content, bonding, hot pressing, resin curing, mats, MDF, fiberglass

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