Feasibility of using eggplant (Solanum melongena) stalks in the production of experimental particleboard

Guntekin E., Karakus B.

INDUSTRIAL CROPS AND PRODUCTS, vol.27, no.3, pp.354-358, 2008 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2007.12.003
  • Page Numbers: pp.354-358


This study examined possible feasibility of eggplant (Solanum melongena) stalks in the production of particleboard. Three-layer experimental particleboards with density of 0.53,0.63, 0.73 and 0.78 g/cm(3) were manufactured from eggplant stalks using certain ratios of urea formaldehyde (UF) and melamine urea formaldehyde (MUF) adhesives. Modulus of elasticity (MOE), modulus of rupture (MOR), internal bond strength (IB), thickness swelling (TS) properties of the boards were evaluated and a statistical analysis was performed in order to examine possible feasibility of these stalks in commercial particleboard manufacturing. The experimental results have shown that production of general purpose and furniture grade particleboard used in dry conditions using eggplant stalks is technically viable. The results of the study demonstrate that eggplant stalks can be an alternative raw material source for particleboard industry. (c) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.