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Development of a new wood-based modular furniture system: evaluation of suitable materials for connectors
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Wood Science and Engineering.
2015 (English)In: Pro Ligno, ISSN 1841-4737, E-ISSN 2069-7430, Vol. 11, no 4, 595-602 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Concepts for modular furniture systems are of growing interest from the perspective of bothproducers and customers, and they are now entering the area of mass customization. Modularity andstandard interfaces eliminate the interdependency of the components of a product, and allow themanufacturer and customer to change components without affecting the product architecture. In thiscontext, the connectors between components of the modular furniture systems are essential for thesystems. The objective of this study was to evaluate the suitability of different wood-based materialsfor the connectors of the modular furniture system, the focus being on the strength properties.13different types of wood-based material were tested in three-point bending tests, and the modulus ofelasticity (MOE) and the modulus of rupture (MOR) were determined. The tested materialsincorporated wood modifications such as compression, heat treatment and impregnation, as well asdifferent types of adhesives. It could be concluded that birch plywood bonded with soybean glue, andsolid cumaru wood are the most suitable types of wood-based material for the modular furnituresystem. Compressed plywood generally exhibited better strength properties than ordinary plywood,and the type of adhesive had no significant influence on either MOE or MOR. Self-bonding plywoodhad a high MOE, but a comparably low MOR. Solid cumaru wood exhibited both a high MOE and ahigh MOR. Materials which had reasonable strength properties and a comparably low environmentalimpact were considered suitable for the connectors of the modular furniture system, which meant thatnon-formaldehyde-emitting adhesives were favoured.

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2015. Vol. 11, no 4, 595-602 p.
Keyword [en]
Forestry, agricultural sciences and landscape planning - Wood fibre and forest products
Keyword [sv]
Skogs- och jordbruksvetenskap samt landskapsplanering - Träfiber- och virkeslära
Research subject
Wood Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-15222Local ID: eb8004c1-c31a-4c19-8e99-ec3ebf24b320OAI: diva2:988196
Validerad; 2016; Nivå 1; 20151225 (dicsan)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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