Pre-drying optimization of oil palm veneers by response surface methodology

Abd Halip, Juliana and Ibrahim, Azmi and Abdan, Khalina and Bakar, Edi Suhaimi and Karimi, Alinaghi and M. Tahir, Paridah and Choo, Adrian Cheng Yong (2015) Pre-drying optimization of oil palm veneers by response surface methodology. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 73 (4). pp. 493-498. ISSN 0018-3768

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For the manufacture of veneers, oil palm trees are considered as a suitable alternative material to traditional woods such as rubberwood and meranti. However, the high moisture content (MC) in oil palm wood is a major barrier for processing. Response surface methodology was used to optimize the oil palm pre-drying process. Oil palm veneers were fed into a veneer roller press machine to squeeze out moisture by varying passes, pressure and roller speed. For the outer oil palm veneers, pre-drying was carried out with 2 passes at a pressure of 8042 kPa and speed of 41.49 Hz. Optimum conditions for the inner oil palm veneers were found at 2 passes, a pressure of 7550 kPa and speed of 41.49 Hz. The MC reduction was determined at 17.62 % for the outer and 22.01 % for the inner veneers. In conclusion, pre-drying treatment significantly reduces the moisture content of oil palm veneers and lowers drying time.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TP Chemical technology
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Production and Operation Management
Depositing User: Mrs. Mashairani Ismail
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2022 01:29
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2022 01:29

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