Theses and Dissertations


Weiqi Leng

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Barnes, H. Michael

Committee Member

Jones, David

Committee Member

Zhang, Jilei

Committee Member

Seale, R. Daniel

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Forest Products

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Forest Products


In this study southern pine scrim was treated with low molecular weight melamine formaldehyde (MF), phenolic formaldehyde (PF), and furfuryl alcohol (FA) at different loadings and formed into 25-mm thick panels. Mechanical, dimensional and biological properties were evaluated. Results showed that samples treated with 5 percent MF had the highest MOE, MOR and work to maximum load values (15.3 GPa, 54.2 MPa and 25.4 KJ/m3, respectively), while those treated with 10 percent MF had the highest internal bond and edgewise toughness values of 390 kPa and 12 N•m, respectively. With respect to dimensional stability, samples treated with 20 percent FA had the lowest swelling value (ASE = 36.8 percent), and the lowest water absorption value (27.5 percent). Dynamic swelling test revealed much higher ASE value (> 45 percent) for furfurylated samples. As for termite resistance, both untreated and treated samples had little weight loss (1.10-1.56 percent), high visual rating (8-9.3/10), and 100 percent mortality in laboratory test.