- Engineering & Materials
- Engineering and materials - general
- Measuring formaldehyde emissions from wood-based panels
Measuring formaldehyde emissions from wood-based panels
Irle, Mark A. École Supérieure du Bois, Nantes, France.
- Production of formaldehyde
- Uses of formaldehyde
- Types and levels of formaldehyde emissions
- Measuring and testing of formaldehyde
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Formaldehyde is the common name for methanal. It is the smallest of the aldehydes and is a gas at room temperature with a pungent odor. In commercial processes, it is normally used as an aqueous solution (formalin) or in a solid polymerized form called paraformaldehyde. Products like wood-based panels that are made with formaldehyde-based adhesives have the potential to emit formaldehyde, which is classified as a carcinogen. Therefore, methods for measuring these emissions have been developed.
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