This paper describes two composite building material systems and processes that utilize major percentages of bagasse filler and minor amounts of phenolic binder. Our composite concept, the choice of bagasse filler and the selection of the binder resin, is sound based on a thorough five-year research investigation. The phenolic bonded composite building materials developed are identified as bagasse-phenolic and oriented bagasse-phenolic. Potential applications of these composites in home and commercial building are wall panels, ceiling, roofing, flooring, counter tops, fences, siding, acoustical panels, sinks, furniture, doors, and shutters. The product can be economically manufactured in any geographic location that produces significant quantities of sugar cane. This work represents a substantial technological breakthrough in value upgrading and utilization of the plentiful agricultural residue bagasse and merits further development leading to commercialization. © 1982 American Chemical Society.
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