PubMed: Development of High Strength Particleboards from Hemp Shives and Corn Starch

Particleboard is a type of engineered wood product made from wood particles or other forms of plant matter such as hemp shives. It is used in a wide variety of applications, including furniture, cabinetry, and flooring. Particleboard is typically made by pressing the wood particles together with a binder, such as resin or glue, to form a solid board.

Recently, researchers have been exploring the potential of using hemp shives and corn starch to create high strength particleboards. Hemp shives are the inner core of the hemp plant and are composed of long fibers that are strong and flexible. Corn starch is a type of carbohydrate that is derived from corn. It is often used as a binding agent in particleboard production.

The research team found that when hemp shives and corn starch were combined, they created a strong and durable particleboard. The particleboard had a high strength-to-weight ratio, meaning it was light but still able to hold a significant amount of weight. The team also found that the particleboard had excellent moisture resistance, meaning it could withstand changes in humidity without losing its shape or strength.

In addition to its strength and moisture resistance, the hemp shives and corn starch particleboard had other advantages. It was found to be more cost-effective than traditional particleboard, and it was also easier to work with. The team also found that the particleboard had a higher resistance to fire and was more environmentally friendly than traditional particleboard.

Overall, the research team concluded that hemp shives and corn starch could be used to create a high strength particleboard that was cost-effective, easy to work with, and more environmentally friendly than traditional particleboard. This could open up new possibilities for the use of particleboard in a variety of applications.