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Pilot study for MDF manufacture from sugarcane bagasse and eucalyptus fibers

Pilotstudie zur Herstellung mitteldichter Faserplatten aus Zuckerrohrbagasse und Eukalyptusfasern

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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.

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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.

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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). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00107-011-0577-4

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