AVAILABLE 4x8 INT/EXT 12mm - 31.75mm with hardwood, oak, or maple face/back veneers.
  BalsaPly is 100% wood, light and strong. BalsaPly also has excellent insulating properties and dimensional stability, both of which are the result of its unique method of construction. Finally, it is ecologically acceptable, since it does not emit toxic gases when burnt and is resistant to acids and hydrocarbons. Very widely used for internal fittings in ships, it is also particularly effective in other applications (for the construction of transport equipment, motor caravans, removable exhibition panels and theatre and cinema fittings).
  
The BalsaPly plywood veneers allow subsequent bonding, painting, coating or any number of standard woodworking practices. The panels can be manufactured using a waterproof bond ensuring the BalsaPly Marine Panel suitable for various applications. BalsaPly Composite Panels can be used in structural or non-structural applications.

Our Composite Panels are 4' x 8' in size and can be produced in-house with a variety of decorative veneers.

 
ADVANTAGES

Excellent sound and thermal insulation properties

Extremely Lightweight

High moisture resistance

Good strength to weight ratio

Positive flotation

High impact and fatigue resistance

Excellent flex, shearing and bond strengths

Renewable natural resource

 
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Shrinkage
Since balsa is a very low-shrinkage wood (7% overall shrinkage), its use as a cross-grained wood in the BalsaPly panel provides dimensional stability and excellent surface evenness.

Thermal expansion
The BalsaPly panels are impervious to normal climatic temperature variations.
 
Thermal resistance
BalsaPly retains its mechanical properties in continuous temperatures of up to 150?C. At constant temperatures of 200?C, BalsaPly only loses 4% of its weight after 8 hours exposure. During combustion, the surface carbonization of the balsa enables the panel to resist fire for longer periods, by slowing down the spread of fire to the interior of the material.
 
Thermal insulation
The coefficient of conductivity of balsa is 0.051. This coefficient, which applies to long-grain balsa with a density of 0.150, may be increased by around 50% for the low-thickness end-grain balsa used in the BaslaPly panel.
 
Compression
The maximum resistance to vertical compression on the surfaces of a BalsaPly panel is comparable with that of plywood. It varies between 100 and 150 kg/cm?.
 
 
APPLICATIONS

The weight and uniform surface of the BalsaPly Marine panel makes it easy to machine. BalsaPly lightweight boards are designed to replace plywood in certain applications. Boat-builders and repairers use BalsaPly Marine for cabinetry, stringers, bulkheads, built-in furniture, cabin flooring and other structures. Similar uses have been made in a variety of boats, including catamarans and hovercrafts. BalsaPly Marine also has many uses in the transportation industry, such as RV’s. Reduced overall weight means improved performance.

 

 
The same precautions must be taken whenever the panel is machined. It is recommended that securing systems for this type of material should be used (bolts, bonding, insertion etc.). If it is impossible to avoid direct fixing on the surface of a panel using screws, increase the number of screws and, if necessary, use cleats. Assembly of different BalsaPly Marine panels can be made by a concealed tongue & groove fixing system, or by bonding using an epoxy adhesive.
 
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Created by Michael Cornish Design