Wet process fiberboard

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A process for forming hardboards patented by Masonite Corporation in 1928 (see also Masonite®). In the wet process, wood fibers are broken apart and distributed with steam and water baths. The fibers are compressed on a screen then heated to form a very dense, rigid sheet. The natural Lignin from the wood fibers acts as a cement to give the board sufficient strength with no additional adhesives. Hardboards range from a dark brown to a light tan in color and have one very smooth surface; the reverse side has a wire screen impression.

See also Dry process fiberboard.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Aglomerado de fibras obtido por via húmida (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • C. Gould, K. Konrad, K. Milley, R. Gallagher, "Fiberboard", in Twentieth-Century Building Materials, T. Jester (ed.), McGraw-Hill: New York, 1995.
  • Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
  • Thomas C. Jester (ed.), Twentieth-Century Building Materials, McGraw-Hill Companies, Washington DC, 1995