To study the effects of water on wood-based composite cabinetry (particleboard), U. S. Forensic engineers, under the direction of William Yanko, PhD, PE, conducted an intricate experimental test program. Visit USF Research: Phase I to learn about the initial stages of the study.
The testing program had a cycle time of 70 total days. The flow rates were calibrated to 15-25 drips per minute. Observations were continuous and the data collection was based on scheduled intervals.
Water Delivery onto the Cabinet Shelf
Test Program Observations: Day 2
Test Program Observations: Day 7
Test Program Observations: Day 14
Test Program Observations: Day 21
Test Program Observations: Day 63
- Swelling of particleboard after 1 day
- Fungal growth under cabinets at 14 days
- Bowing (3/16”) of cabinet shelf at 21 days (for cabinet filled with 1” of water; none otherwise)
- Minor corrosion of fasteners at 70 days
- No corrosion of door hinges at 70 days