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


  • J. M. Saval Universidad de Alicante
  • R. Lapuente Universidad de Alicante
  • V. Navarro Centro Técnico del fuego, AIDIMA-AIDICO
  • A. J. Tenza-Abril Universidad de Alicante



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


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.


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How to Cite

Saval, J. M., Lapuente, R., Navarro, V., & Tenza-Abril, A. J. (2014). Fire-resistance, physical, and mechanical characterization of particleboard containing Oceanic Posidonia waste. Materiales De Construcción, 64(314), e019.



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