Effect of Added Boron Compounds on Physical, Mechanical and Fire Retardant Properties in Particleboard

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Suphawan Prungsuk
Songklod Jarusombuti
Teera Veenin


This research studies on properties of added boron compound particleboard panels for improving of the potential in fire retardant. Using Boric acid and Borax (BA : BX) mixture (1 : 1.5), BA : BX (1.5 : 1) and Disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT), at 1%, 1.5% and 2% content were applied to the particleboard with urea formaldehyde. Physical and mechanical properties of treated particleboard were evaluated according to Thai Industrial Standard for Flat Pressed Particleboards (TIS) 876-2004. Fire retardant property was determined by flammability testing (25.853) provided by Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR). Particleboard treated with BA : BX (1 : 1.5) at 2% showing the best fire-retardant property, particularly in terms of burn length and flame time, but modulus of rupture and internal bonding value of particleboard did not meet the standard of TIS 876-2004. The fire retardants affected the physical and mechanical properties of particleboard. However, boron compounds had excellent fire retardants effectiveness over untreated.

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Prungsuk, S., Jarusombuti, S., & Veenin, T. (2019). Effect of Added Boron Compounds on Physical, Mechanical and Fire Retardant Properties in Particleboard. Thai Journal of Forestry, 38(1), 156–167. Retrieved from https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/tjf/article/view/245817
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