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Balsa

Description

General

Origin: Central & South America. White to palewhite. Coarse structure. Easy cleavable. Good glueing. Lower Heating Value 17.42 MJ.

Properties

Chemical properties

Minimum value Maximum value Unit Sources
0.6 2 % Idemat 2003
%

Electrical properties

Minimum value Maximum value Unit Sources
kV/mm
%
V
Ohm.mm²/m

Manufacturing Properties

Minimum value Maximum value Unit Sources

Mechanical properties

Minimum value Maximum value Unit Sources
5.3 39 MPa Idemat 2003
3.5 27 MPa Idemat 2003
MPa
130 kg/m³ Idemat 2003
%
MPa
J/cm
100 500 MPa Idemat 2003
75 MPa Idemat 2003
MPa
15 25 MPa Idemat 2003
1130 6000 MPa Idemat 2003

Optical properties

Minimum value Maximum value Unit Sources

Thermal properties

Minimum value Maximum value Unit Sources
°C
°C
-80 120 °C Idemat 2003
J/kg.K
0.03 0.07 W/m.K Idemat 2003
40 55 e-6/K Idemat 2003

Environment

2.48 mPt
54 Pt
270 mELU
1.52 MJ/MJ
40.7 MJ
4.4 kg
0.1 kg
Balsa wood comes from tropical rain forest in Central and South America (e.g. Brasil). This causes many serious environmental problems. The transport to the Netherlands is estimated to require 9000 km by ship and additional 250km by trailer. Processing in Brasil is assumed.
Idemat 1998

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