Physical and mechanical properties of flakeboard reinforced with bamboo strips
The objective of this study was to investigate the physical and mechanical performance of flakeboard reinforced with bamboo strips. The study investigated three different bamboo strip alignment patterns and an experimental control. All panels were tested in static bending both along parallel and perpendicular to the lengths of the bamboo strips. Internal bond strength, thickness swelling, linear expansion, and water absorption were also examined. As expected, modulus of rupture (MOR) and modulus of elasticity (MOE) were substantially greater for all three experimental panel types as compared to the control group. Linear expansion (LE) was also improved for all three experimental panel groups. The bamboo strip alignment patterns had no significant effect on thickness swelling, water absorption and internal bond. The sample means for MOR, MOE, and LE tested perpendicular to the bamboo strip lengths yielded slightly lower mean values than corresponding samples tested parallel to the bamboo strips lengths. This difference in mechanical properties is largely attributed to low panel density in the failure zones.