Skip to main content
Log in

Pilot study for MDF manufacture from sugarcane bagasse and eucalyptus fibers

Pilotstudie zur Herstellung mitteldichter Faserplatten aus Zuckerrohrbagasse und Eukalyptusfasern

  • Brief Originals Kurzoriginalia
  • Published:
European Journal of Wood and Wood Products Aims and scope Submit manuscript


As an innovation in scientific research and development of a new product and with the objective of adding value to sugarcane bagasse, laboratory panels were made with 0%, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% particles from Saccharum spp bagasse mixed with Eucalyptus grandis fibers, a raw material traditionally used for MDF panels in Brazil. The physical and mechanical properties of the panels were evaluated according to EN 622-5 (1997). The results indicated that panels with up to 75% bagasse showed average physical and mechanical property values that meet the current specification, thus opening up the prospect of using this abundant agricultural fiber resource.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this article

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Price excludes VAT (USA)
Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout.

Instant access to the full article PDF.

Similar content being viewed by others


  • ABRAF—Brazilian Association of Forest Plantation Producers (2010) ABRAF statistical yearbook—base year 2009. Brasília, 140 p (in Portuguese)

  • Akgül M, Çamlibel O (2008) Manufacture of medium density fiberboard (MDF) panels from rhododendron (R. ponticum L.) biomass. Build Environ 43(4):438–443

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Alves MVG, Koehler HS, Mello Filho B (2006) Perspectives and tendencies of the Brazilian forest sector. Accessed 22 December 2010 (in Portuguese)

  • EN 622-5 (1997) European Committee for Standardization. Fibreboards specifications—requirements for dry process boards (MDF)

  • Ghalehno M, Nazerian M, Bayatkashkooli A (2010) Influence of utilization of bagasse in surface layer on bending strength of three-layer particleboard. Eur J Wood Prod doi:10.1007/s00107-010-0441-y

    Google Scholar 

  • Halvarsson S, Edlund H, Norgen M (2008) How to produce high performance straw MDF. In: Proceedings of the international panel products symposium 2008, Helsinki, pp 189–200. Accessed 22 December 2010

    Google Scholar 

  • Hoareau W, Oliveira FB, Grelier S, Siegmund B, Frollini E, Castelan A (2006) Fiberboards based sugarcane bagasse lignin and fibers. Macromol Mater Eng 291(7):829–839

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  • Khalil AHPS, Fazita MR, Bhat AH, Jawaid M, Fuad NA (2010) Development and material properties of new hybrid plywood from oil palm biomass. Mater Des 31(1):417–424

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Lee S, Shupe TS, Hse CY (2006) Mechanical and physical properties of agro based fiberboard. Holz Roh- Werkst 64:74–79

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  • Nikvash N, Kraft R, Kharazipour A, Euring M (2010) Comparative properties of bagasse, canola and hemp particle boards. Eur J Wood Prod 68:323–327

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  • UNICA (2010) Brazilian Sugarcane production (Cana-de-açúcar processada pelas Usinas Brasileiras (Produção de cana-de-açúcar no Brasil)). União da Indústria de Cana-de-Açúcar (UNICA), Brazil, Accessed 22 December 2010

  • Vassiliou V, Barboutis I (2005) Screw withdrawal capacity used in the eccentric joints of cabinet furniture connectors in particleboard and MDF. J Wood Sci 51(6):572–576

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Ye PX, Julson J, Kuo M, Womac A, Myers D (2007) Properties of medium density fiberboards made from renewable biomass. Bioresour Technol 98(5):1077–1084

    Article  PubMed  CAS  Google Scholar 

  • Widyorini R, Xu J, Umemura K, Kawai S (2005) Manufacture and properties of binderless particleboard from bagasse I: effects of raw material type, storage methods, and manufacturing process. J Wood Sci 51:648–654

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references


The authors thank São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and the program CAPES-GRICES for financial support. We also thank Duratex S.A., Laboratory of Anatomy, Identification and X-ray Densitometry of Wood at ESALQ/USP (Brazil) and UTAD/CITAB (Portugal) as well as São Manoel Sugar Factory S.A.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to José Luís Penetra Cerveira Louzada.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Belini, U.L., Tomazello Filho, M., Louzada, J.L.P.C. et al. Pilot study for MDF manufacture from sugarcane bagasse and eucalyptus fibers. Eur. J. Wood Prod. 70, 537–539 (2012).

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: