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Particle board, MDF, OSB and other wood-based panels (5 cr)

Code: AT00BZ13-3001

General information


01.07.2022 - 04.09.2022


03.11.2022 - 18.12.2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated

5 op

Mode of delivery

Contact teaching


Faculty of Technology (LAB)


Lahti Campus

Teaching languages

  • English

Degree programmes

  • Bachelor’s Degree Programme in Wood Technology


  • Ilkka Tarvainen
  • Markku Levanen

Scheduling groups

  • Luennot 1 (Size: 0. Open UAS: 0.)



Small groups

  • Luennot 1

Learning outcomes

The student is able to:
- describe the manufacturing processes of particleboard, MDF and OSB board products
- know the main end uses of each board type
- define the technical properties of different board types
- know the further processing possibilities of different board types
- produce particleboard in laboratory environment and make standard quality tests

Implementation and methods of teaching

The course introduces:
- Particle board, MDF and OSB industry and history
- learn the manufacturing processes of particle board, MDF and OSB
- understand the applications of particle board, MDF and OSB
- know the technical properties of particle board, MDF and OSB products
- particle board is produced in the laboratory
- be able to test the manufactured boards according to the standards
- possible excursion to a particle board mill
- board mill maintenance, safety, automation and production planning

Learning material and recommended literature

- Wood-Based Panels Industry. Varis 2017.
- ePUB: Wood-Based Panels Industry
- lectures


• Raw material in particle board, MDF and OSB industry
• Particle board industry
• MDF industry
• OSB industry

Additional information for students: previous knowledge etc.

Basic knowledge of wood technology and the forest industry is useful but not essential.

Assessment criteria

• All weekly assignments must be completed satisfactorily
• All laboratory work must be completed (reports and seminar presentation completed)
• All tests must be performed
• Each exam is graded 0-100%
• The course grade base is the average of all exams
• <50% = 0
• 50-59% = 1
• 60-69% = 2
• 70-79% = 3
• 80-89% = 4
• 90-100% = 5
• Laboratory work: particle board production

Assessment scale