Materiales de Construcción, Vol 64, No 314 (2014)

Fire-resistance, physical, and mechanical characterization of particleboard containing Oceanic Posidonia waste

J. M. Saval
Universidad de Alicante, Spain

R. Lapuente
Universidad de Alicante, Spain

V. Navarro
Centro Técnico del fuego, AIDIMA-AIDICO, Spain

A. J. Tenza-Abril
Universidad de Alicante, Spain


In this work, particleboards manufactured with Oceanic Posidonia waste and bonded with cement are investigated. The particleboards are made with 3/1.5/0.5 parts of cement per part of Posidonia waste. The physical properties of bulk density, swelling, surface absorption, and dimensional changes due to relative humidity as well as the mechanical properties of modulus of elasticity, bending strength, surface soundness, perpendicular tensile strength and impact resistance are studied. In terms of the above properties, the best results were obtained for particleboards with high cement content and when the waste “leaves” are treated (crushed) before board fabrication, due to internal changes to the board structure under these conditions. Based on the results of fire tests, the particleboard is non-flammable without any fire-resistant treatment.


Oceanic Posidonia waste; Particleboard; Cement; Physical and mechanical properties; fire resistance

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