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Shape stability of laminated veneer products: an experimental study of the influence on distortion of some material and process parameters
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology. (Virkeslära)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8644-4099
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology. (Virkeslära)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0130-3356
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Forestry and Wood Technology. (Virkeslära)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4526-9391
2013 (English)In: Wood Material Science & Engineering, ISSN 1748-0272, E-ISSN 1748-0280, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 198-211Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Laminated bending of veneers is a common used and important process for manufacture of components primarily for furniture and interior purposes. According to the use, such products are in general very sensitive to variations in the intended shape, i.e. distortion can be of great problem and more or less destroy the use of the final product. The most critical mode of distortion is twist, but also other changes in shape may be of interest to keep low. The causes to distortion of laminated bended veneer products can be of material (veneer, adhesive and the combination of these), design, processes and climate nature and there is a challenge to know which parameters which are of major importance for distortion, both directly after moulding and when the products are in use.

In this study, the influence of type of UF-adhesive hardener, i.e. liquid or powder, water content of adhesive, adhesive distribution, variation of moisture content of glued veneers, and fibre orientation of veneers, on twist and position for a 3D-veneer construction (a chair seat shell) has been studied. Distortion, i.e. twist and position, has been determined directly after moulding and after moisture cycling. The moisture cycling was to simulate and accelerate conditions that the shells are subjected in use. The aim of the work is to study how the above mentioned material and process parameters influence the shape stability of the products.

The results show that the climate, i.e. how a certain level of temperature and relative humidity influence the moisture content of the moulded product, has a clear impact on the distortion of the product in use. An increase in moisture content results in a significant increase in distortion and vice versa. The level to which the moulded products distort during climate variation can be controlled through controlling material, design and process parameter during moulding. Of the studied parameter mentioned above, a deviation in fibre orientation of the veneers in the moulded assembly is the most critical parameter to have under control to minimize distortion. The fibre deviation mainly results in an increase in twist. A high moisture content of a veneer vis-à-vis the rest of the veneers in the assembly before moulding, will result in increased position and twist of the moulded product in use. The difference of moisture content between veneers and the position of veneers with high moisture content in the assembly will influence the level of distortion. Other studied parameter also influences the distortion to a lesser extent and can in these cases be related to the moisture distribution in the mouldings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. Vol. 8, no 3, p. 198-211
Keywords [en]
twist, spring-back, moulding, wood, laminated veneer products
National Category
Forest Science
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Forestry and Wood Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19141DOI: 10.1080/17480272.2013.803501Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84883560185OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-19141DiVA, id: diva2:529706
Available from: 2012-05-31 Created: 2012-05-31 Last updated: 2019-05-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Laminated Veneer Products: Shape Stability and Effect of Enhanced Formability on Bond-Line Strength
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Laminated Veneer Products: Shape Stability and Effect of Enhanced Formability on Bond-Line Strength
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis concerns two aspects of the manufacture of laminated veneer products (LVPs). The first aspect is related to the possible improvement of the shape stability of LVPs, and the second has its starting point in the modification of the veneer for enhanced formability as well as the question of whether and how these modifications affect the bond-line strength.

LVPs are veneers bonded with adhesive into predetermined shapes, mostly for the production of furniture and interior fittings. Since any deviation from the intended shape is a problem for both manufacturer and customer, various studies have sought to evaluate the influence of different materials and process parameters on shape stability. Parameters studied have included wood species (beech and birch), an adhesive system based on urea formaldehyde, the adhesive distribution on the veneer, climate, moisture content and fibre orientations of the veneers, as well as the orientation of the individual veneers in a multiply.

Manufacturers of LVPs must consider some basic facts about wood in orders adequately to provide shape-stable LVPs to customers. Wood emits and absorbs moisture in relation to the surrounding climate, and this can lead to shrinkage and swelling. Such moisture induced movements differ in the wood’s different directions, and the magnitude is specific for the species. A thorough understanding of this is the basis for achieving shape-stable LVPs.

Symmetry is defined in this thesis such that the veneer properties are balanced in the laminate. This means that opposite veneers on either side of the centre veneer have similar characteristic. An LVP will become distorted if the veneers are asymmetrically oriented before the press. Deviation from the desired shape can be small immediately after the pressing, but it may increase significantly with moisture content (MC) variations. Asymmetry may result when veneers with different fibre orientations are included in the laminate or when the veneers are placed asymmetrically. It may also occur if veneers with different MCs are bonded together asymmetrically. One aggravating factor is that the lathe checks that are introduced when the veneers are peeled or sliced from the log affect the shape stability. In 3-ply crosswise-oriented plywood, the veneer surfaces on which the lathe checks occur should be oriented in the same way for high shape stability.

Based on existing knowledge, the production of shape-stable LVPs requires that the veneers are conditioned to a uniform MC and sorted with regard to fibre orientation and the side with lathe checks before bonding. End-user climates should govern the MC of the veneers and the moisture added with the adhesive during the process. Straight-grain veneers and symmetry should always be the goal.

Moulding can cause stretching, i.e. strain, of the veneers depending on the curvature of the mould. To prevent the veneers from rupture, there are various ways to strengthen the veneers particularly in the transverse direction in which the veneer is weakest. However, tests have shown that these pre-treatments of veneers for enhanced formability can prevent the adhesive from penetrating the wood surface. It is therefore important to confirm that the pre-treatment does not affect the bond-line strength. 

Abstract [sv]

Denna avhandling berör två områden inom tillverkning av plan- och formpressade fanerprodukter. Det första avser formstabiliteten hos dessa och om det är möjligt att förbättra densamma. Det andra har sin utgångspunkt i modifiering av faner för ökad formbarhet och huruvida dessa modifieringar påverkar limfogens styrka.

Plan och formpressade fanerprodukter består av faner som sammanfogats med lim till en förutbestämd form. Metoden används främst för tillverkning av möbler och inredningar. Avvikelse från avsedd form hos produkterna är ett stort problem för både tillverkare och kunder. Orsakerna till avvikelser i form kan relateras till både materialet och processen men också till hur produkten används. Studier har genomförts för att utvärdera inverkan av olika material- och processparametrar på formstabiliteten hos några utvalda produkter. De undersökta parametrarna var träslag (rödbok och björk), limsystem (baserade på urea- formaldehyd), limspridning, klimat, jämviktsfuktkvot, fiberorintering hos faner samt orienteringen av faner i den specifika produkten.

För att kunden till skiktlimmade produkter ska erhålla en formstabil vara krävs att tillverkarna tar hänsyn till grundläggande fakta om trä. Detta material avger och tar upp fukt i förhållande till omgivande klimat, vilket innebär att trä krymper och sväller. Detta sker dessutom med varierande magnitud i olika riktningar av träet. Denna variation är även träslagsspecifik. Att ha en förståelse för detta beteende är grunden för tillverkning av formstabila träprodukter.

Symmetri definieras i denna avhandling med att faneregenskaperna är balanserade i laminatet. Detta innebär att det motsatta faneret på vardera sidan av det mittersta faneret i laminatet har liknande egenskaper. Om faneren sammanläggs och pressas på ett asymmetriskt sätt blir produkterna skeva eller kupade. Avvikelsen från önskad form kan vara liten direkt efter pressningen men kan öka avsevärt i samband med fuktkvotsvariationer. Asymmetri kan uppstå genom att faner med avvikande fiberorientering ingår i sammanläggningen eller att faneren läggs asymmetriskt. Det kan även uppstå om faner med olika jämviktsfuktkvot sammanlimmas på ett icke symmetriskt sätt. En försvårande faktor är att även de sprickor som uppstår när faneren tillverkas genom svarvning eller knivskärning inverkar på formstabiliteten. I en korsvis limmad tre-lagers plywood ska fanerens sida med sprickor vara orienterad åt samma håll för hög formstabilitet.

För att uppnå formstabila produkter bör faneren vara konditionerade till en enhetlig jämviktsfuktkvot och vara rätfibriga, dvs. att fiberriktningen sammanfaller parallellt med ytornas kanter. Som nämnts tidigare bör även fanerets sida med sprickor beaktas. Slutanvändarens, det vill säga kundens, klimat bör styra fanerens måljämviktsfuktkvot som tillsammans med tillförd fukt från limmet påverkar produktens jämviktsfuktkvot i tillverkningsprocessen. Dessutom ska läggningen vara symmetrisk.

Vid formpressning kan faneren utsättas för sådana sträckningar, dvs. töjningar, att bristningar uppkommer. Därför finns det olika sätt att förstärka faneren främst i transversell riktning där faneren är som svagast. Detta kan ske genom olika bearbetningar och/eller pålimningar. Dessa förbehandlingar av faner för förbättrad formbarhet kan dock hindra limmet från att tränga in i träytan vilket tester visat. Därför är det viktigt att kontrollera att förbehandlingen inte påverkar limfogens styrka. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus University Press, 2016. p. 120
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 247/2016
National Category
Wood Science
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Forestry and Wood Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-52014 (URN)978-91-88357-13-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-05-02, Weber, Hus K, Växjö, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2016-04-11 Created: 2016-04-09 Last updated: 2019-05-20Bibliographically approved

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