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Articles by Rafidah Salim
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  Razak Wahab , Hashim W. Samsi , Othman Sulaiman , Rafidah Salim and Rokiah Hashim
  The suitability of using an eco-friendly oil curing process was investigated on cultivated Bambusa vulgaris bamboo in order to prolong their service life span. B. vulgaris was chosen as it is a type of bamboo species that is easy to cultivate and has good physical as well as mechanical properties. Matured bamboo culms of 4 year-old from internodes 5, 6 and 7 in green and air-dried conditions were heat treated. The heat treatment process used palm oil as the heating medium at temperatures of 140, 180 and 220°C for durations of 30, 60 and 90 min. The air-dried culms exhibited overall higher physical, strength and durability properties than the green and untreated culms. The Modulus of Elasticity (MOE) values of heat treated bamboo in bending was reduced by 13 to 42% in green and by 3 to 29% in air-dried conditions. The compression strength were reduced by 18 to 33% in green and by 14 to 27% in air-dried ones. The heat treated bamboo lost from 5 to 34% of their initial weight after undergoing 12 months of ground-contact tests for both green and air-dried conditions.
  Razak Wahab , Hashim W. Samsi , Aminuddin Mohamad , Othman Sulaiman and Rafidah Salim
  Oil palm trunks found in abundant and considered as an agriculture waste were investigated as alternative to dimensional wood. The trunks are of no economic importance in their natural form. However, once converted into the form of Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) their properties improved tremendously. This study highlighted properties of the LVL made from oil palm trunks at four different positions comprising two portions height and two cross-sectional zones. These LVL have shown to behave differently when tested for their physical, mechanical and glue delaminating properties. Testing on all the LVL specimens were done in accordance with the Japanese Agricultural Standard SE-11, 2003.
 
 
 
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