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Aspects of Eucalyptus waferboard Ngusya, Musyoka

Abstract

Eucalyptus species is already well established in the pulp and paper industry. The species noted fast growth, especially in the tropical regions, provides a special resource for utilization in providing shelter in these regions, which have some of the highest growth in population rates. Waferboard industry, though well established in most developed countries, is rare in most developing countries. The fact that waferboard requires relatively low quality wood, as opposed to plywood, is an important factor and makes it more appealing for development in these regions. Technical information on utilization of Eucalyptus for waferboard is lacking in most aspects, and most of the experimentation has mainly been conducted on preliminary levels only. The study was carried out to fill that gap and provide data which can lead to increased utilization of the species in the waferboard industry. This was achieved by the making of panels under standard conditions and performing standard tests on the specimens cut from the laboratory made panels.

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