BALTEK® SBC is our balsa wood core material from controlled cultivation. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certification ensures that all balsa wood comes from FSC®-certified plantations and all production steps are subjected to stringent monitoring. The balsa wood from 3A Composites plantations guarantees highest-quality balsa core and full traceability from the end product back to the tree.
Ask for BALTEK® SBC FSC®-certified core material (FSC-C111102). SBC has excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio. It can be processed with all known resin systems and processes and has excellent laminate adhesion properties. Furthermore, it is resistant to temperature changes, fire and chemicals (e.g. styrene).
BALTEK® SBC is an ideal core material made from renewable resources with a very broad range of use.
Plantations do play a vital role in helping humans meet their needs. By applying the rigorous FSC Principles and Criteria to plantations FSC can help ensure that plantations take, in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, some of the pressure off the world’s remaining natural forests and slow the rate of deforestation.
SBC.50 – SBC.100
Baltek SBC.50: 6.8 lb/ft3
Baltek SBC.80: 8.2 lb/ft3
Baltek SBC.100: 9.3 lb/ft3
LamPrep or AL600
LamPrep: micro-sanded surface treatment
AL600: coating reduced porosity and increases bond strength
Rigid or Contourable
Rigid: structurally designed for distributed linear strength
Contourable: structurally designed for bending, curves, and flexing
24” x 48”
Thickness - Standard:
3/16” – 3” range
Thickness – ContourKore (CK)
3/16” – 2” range
· Melting temperature: Does not melt.
· Decomposition temperature: Greater than 450 °F (232°C).
· Flash ignition temperature: Greater than 400 °F (200°C).
· Density: 50 - 250kg/m3 (ISO 845).
· Insoluble in: Water, sea water, organic compounds.
· Soluble in: (Slightly) soluble in inorganic acids.
· General information: Stable under normal conditions and usage.
· Conditions to avoid: Temperatures above 400 °F (200 °C).
· Explosive limits in air: For wood dust clouds, 40 grams/m3(Lower Explosive Limit).
· Materials to avoid: Strong oxidizer can cause ignition and subsequent burning. Avoid exposure open flame or excessive heat.
· Dangerous decomposition products: Carbon Monoxide (CO), Carbon Dioxide (CO2), traces of low molecular weight hydrocarbons and organic acids.
· Eco toxicity: Natural product, unlikely toxicity.
· Mobility: Not soluble in water, therefore effects on groundwater are unlikely.
· Persistence and degradability: Natural wood product, biodegradable.
· Ecological product from FSC®-certified plantations
· Controlled time from harvesting to kiln-drying: Optimized for vacuum infusion processes
· Full traceability and highest lumber quality due to strict process control from seedling to final product
· Broadest range of available balsa densities worldwide
· Certified for a range of applications by DNV, Germanischer Lloyd and Korean Register
· Outstanding strength and stiffness to weight ratios
· Excellent fatigue and impact resistance
· Fulfills most FST (flame, smoke, toxicity) requirements
· Extremely wide operating temperature range -212 °C to +163 °C (-414 °F to +325°F)
· Wind energy: Rotor blades (shear webs & shells), nacelles, spinners
· Marine: Hulls, decks, bulkheads, superstructures, interiors, tooling/molds
· Road and Rail: Floors, roofs, side skirts, front-ends, doors, interiors, covers
· Industrial: Tanks, containers, architectural panels, impact limiters, sporting goods
· Aerospace: Floors, cargo pallets, cargo containers, bulkheads, general aviation
· Defense: Naval vessels, containers, cargo pallets, shelters, ballistic panels
· Vacuum infusion
· Adhesive bonding
· Compression molding
· Contact molding (hand/spray)
· Pre-preg processing (up to 180 °C, 355 °F)
· Resin injection (RTM)