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Development of novel hollow core composite panelsCompleted

Project leaders: Smith, Gregory, Deng, James


The purpose of this project is to develop and test a range of hollow core composite panels based on lignocellulosic materials that can extend the current applications of wood composite products such as higher density particleboard and fibreboard (hardboard and MDF). With proper engineering design and unique light weight structural features, wood fibre resources will be more effectively used and the performance of each component can be maximised in these types of novel composite panels. The expected outcome is the development of Canadian-made light weight panels containing various low density cores, such as honeycomb, extruded core materials and corrugated thin fibreboard for use in ready to assemble (RTA) modular furniture, home and commercial cabinetry, and door panels. There is no comparative data available to Canadian manufacturers of modular furniture on the service performance (loading capacity, propensity for dimensional instability including creep and warp) of lignocellulose-based hollow core panels with conventional solid-slab panels. This project aims to fill this gap and identify any significant remaining problems which would hamper their adoption in the modular furniture industry.

Start date: 2007-04-02 End date: 2009-03-31



For more information on this project, please contact:

Smith, Gregory
University of British Columbia
Email: gdsmith@interchange.ubc.ca
Telephone: (604) 822-0081
Fax: (604) 822-9104
Deng, James
Email: james.deng@fpinnovations.ca
Telephone: (418) 659-2647
Fax: (418) 659-2922
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