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Research Letters in Materials Science
Volume 2008, Article ID 379749, 4 pages
Research Letter

Mechanical Properties and Decay Resistance of Hornbeam Cement Bonded Particleboards

Laboratory of Wood and Wood Products, Branch of Drama, Department of Forestry and Management of Natural Environment, Technological Educational Institute of Kavala, 66100 Drama, Greece

Received 7 February 2008; Accepted 10 March 2008

Academic Editor: Luigi Nicolais

Copyright © 2008 Antonios N. Papadopoulos. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cement bonded particleboards were manufactured from hornbeam (Carpinus betulus L.) wood particles. Hydration tests were carried out to determine the inhibitory index in order to characterise wood-cement compatibility. The results revealed that the mixture of hornbeam-cement can be classified as moderate inhibition. Two wood: cement ratios were applied in this study, namely, 1 : 3 and 1 : 4, for the board manufacture. It was found that an increase of cement-wood ratio resulted in an improvement in all properties examined, except MOR. All properties of the boards made from 1 : 4 wood: cement ratio surpassed the minimum requirements set forth by the building type HZ code. Boards were exposed to brown and white rot fungi, Coniophora puteana, and Trametes versicolor, respectively. Overall, both fungi failed to attack the cement-bonded boards.