Investigation of the Furniture Performance Tests of Engineered Wood Filled Foaming Styrene Maleic Anhydride (SMA) Composites
There are many instances where wood plastic composites (WPCs) have been used in consumer, automotive and exterior construction applications. WPCs consist mostly of wood and thermoplastic polymer. WPCs can have superior outdoor durability and much lower maintenance costs than regular wood. WPCs have potential utilization in furniture applications. Styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) is used in plastic composites for the automotive industry and also engineering applications. Wood filled SMA composites, one of the WPCs utilizing wood fibers as reinforcing fillers produces composites with mechanical properties that are stiffer and stronger than the neat polymer. This paper investigated the furniture performance test of wood filled SMA composites. When compared to the beech wood, 30 wt% wood flour filled SMA composites had lower bending moment capacity and tension strength (approximately 40-60%) and the screw and nail withdrawal strength, 30 wt% wood flour filled SMA composites had higher strength values than conventional products such as OSB, MDF and PB.
Keywords - Wood Plastic Composites, Styrene Maleic Anhydride (SMA), Furniture Performance Tests