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    Author(s): Zhiyong CaiRobert J. Ross
    Date: 2010
    Source: Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material: chapter 12. Centennial ed. General technical report FPL ; GTR-190. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010: p. 12.1-12.12.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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    Description

    The term composite is used to describe any wood material bonded together with adhesives. The current product mix ranges from fiberboard to laminated beams and components. In this chapter, wood-based composite materials are classified into the following categories: panel products (plywood, oriented strandboard (OSB), particleboard, fiberboard, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), hardboard); structural timber products (glued-laminated timber (glulam), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), laminated strand lumber, parallel strand lumber); and wood–nonwood composites (wood fiber–thermoplastics, inorganic-bonded composites). Wood-based composites are used for a number of structural and nonstructural applications. Product lines include panels for both interior and exterior uses, furniture components, and support structures in buildings. Knowledge of the mechanical properties of these products is of critical importance to their proper use.

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    Citation

    Cai, Zhiyong; Ross, Robert J. 2010. Mechanical properties of wood-based composite materials. Wood handbook : wood as an engineering material: chapter 12. Centennial ed. General technical report FPL ; GTR-190. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 2010: p. 12.1-12.12.

    Keywords

    Composite materials, mechanical properties, wood-plastic composites, thermoplastic composites, particle board, panels, plywood, fiberboard, hardboard, laminated wood, standards, performance standards, elasticity, modulus of elasticity, adhesives, glue, elastic properties, testing, strength, composite wood, wood-plastic materials, oriented strandboard, OSB, glulam timbers

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