Feasibility of Manufacturing a Medium Density Fibreboard Made of 4-Year Old Rubber Tree RRIM 2020 Clone
This research was conducted to study the feasibility of producing medium density fibreboard (MDF) from 4-year old rubberwood clone RRIM 2020. The 4-year old rubberwood is obtained from different planting densities, which is 500, 1000, 1500 and 2000 trees/ha and were processed to produce MDF. The MDF is analyzed in term of its mechanical properties (static bending and densities to comply with JIS A 5905-2006 Standard (Type 30, MOR > 30.0 MPa and MOE > 2500 MPa and Type 25, MOR > 25.0 - 30.0 MPa and MOE > 2000 - 2500 MPa). MDF made from 25 year trees clone, PB260 which come from the same clone was used as a control. The results showed that the PB260 and the 4-year old rubberwood clone with planting densities of 500 trees/ha satisfied the requirement of Type 30, and the remaining passed at Type 25. It shows that it is feasible to produce an MDF using the 4-year old rubberwood clone.
S.M. Sapuan, F. Mustapha, D.L. Majid, Z. Leman, A.H.M. Ariff, M.K.A. Ariffin, M.Y.M. Zuhri, M.R. Ishak and J. Sahari
H. A. Saffian et al., "Feasibility of Manufacturing a Medium Density Fibreboard Made of 4-Year Old Rubber Tree RRIM 2020 Clone", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 471-472, pp. 839-844, 2011