European Journal of Wood and Wood Products

, Volume 76, Issue 3, pp 989–997 | Cite as

Production and characterization of particleboards from cork-rich Quercus cerris bark

  • Nadia Lakreb
  • Nusret As
  • Volkan Gorgun
  • Umut Sen
  • M. Glória Gomes
  • Helena Pereira


Single-layered particleboards were produced from granulated Quercus cerris bark containing cork and phloem granules using standard hot-press equipment and phenol–formaldehyde resin. The experimental boards were tested for thickness swelling, mechanical strength and thermal properties. Scanning electron microscopy observations were carried out to analyze the panel structure. The results showed that Q. cerris bark particleboards had low thickness swelling in water, high resistance to thermal degradation and high calorific values but their mechanical strength was below that of commercial wood particleboards. The produced Q. cerris bark particleboards were adequate for exterior applications where mechanical strength is not the key factor. Potential for process and feedstock optimization was acknowledged.



The authors thank Professor Angelica de Cássia Carneiro and LAPEM Laboratory of Universidade Federal de Viçosa from Brazil, and Dr. Solange Araújo from Centro de Estudos Florestais (CEF), Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal for their kind help in thermogravimetric and higher heating value determinations. Funding from Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal) is acknowledged for the corresponding author (Post-doctoral Grant, SFRH/BPD/87632/2012) and for the base funding of CEF (AGR/UID00239/2013).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Unit Materials, Processes and EnvironmentUniversity M’Hamed BougaraBoumerdesAlgeria
  2. 2.Departement of Materials SciencesUniversity of Science and Technology Houari BoumedieneBab EzzouarAlgeria
  3. 3.Department of Wood MechanicsIstanbul UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Centro de Estudos Florestais, Instituto Superior de AgronomiaUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  5. 5.Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, Instituto Superior TécnicoCERIS, Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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