Journal article

Production and properties of wood-welded panels made from two Canadian hardwoods

B Belleville, T Stevanovic, A Cloutier, A Pizzi, A Salenikovich, P Blanchet



This study examines the suitability of wood welding technology for producing composite panels for furniture applications with two Canadian hardwood species, sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis). For each species, twelve 30� ×� 225� ×� 300� mm³ panels were manufactured using a panelling machine specifically designed for rotational wood-dowel welding with optimized parameters obtained from a previous study. Six edge-glued panels of the same size were manufactured from each species using a non-structural polyvinyl acetate adhesive and tested for comparative purposes. The experimental programme included three-point bending at 255-mm span and visual inspection of ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors acknowledge the financial support of Le Fonds Quebecois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies for a research grant, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and FPInnovations for a scholarship (B. Belleville). Thanks are extended to the Centre de Recherche Industrielle du Quebec and EQMBO Entreprises for technical support.