Graduate Research School Available Projects Manufacture of bamboo fibreboard

Manufacture of bamboo fibreboard

Title of Project

Manufacture of bamboo fibreboard

Advisor/s

Greg Wheatley

College or Research Centre

College of Science & Engineering

Summary of Project

“Most modern furniture is made wholly or partly from plywood, particleboard or medium-density fibreboard (MDF). The resins in these products can off-gas formaldehyde for many years. Australian manufacturers produce low emission products: they are marked low formaldehyde emission LFE (E1) or LFE (E0) and their emissions are certified through product quality assurance programs. Some imported products may have high emission levels. Check the origin and emission class with your retailer or contact the Australian Wood Panels Association.” The removal of formaldehyde is of benefit. “Pressed-wood (i.e., hardwood plywood, particleboard, and medium-density fibreboard (MDF)) and wood-based products, especially those containing UF resins, may be a significant formaldehyde source.” Bamboo based fibreboard has been shown to not require any chemical processing. Initial work suggests that the bamboo can be steam exploded to separate fibre and lignen and then reformed at heat and pressure to produce fibreboard without added chemicals but that has similar mechanical properties of products that are currently available.

Key Words

laboratory testing; finite element analysis; prototype testing

Would suit an applicant who

has a sound academic background, research experience, an interest in electrical and mechanical engineering and strong experimental and computational skills.

Updated: 08 May 2020