BALTEK® VBC

Balsa wood veneer structural core material

BALTEK® VBC is an ideal, sustainable core material, based on balsa wood veneer from responsible sources (FSC-C127318) with a very broad range of use. Its unique mechanical properties are obtained by optimum alignment of various veneer layers and integration of other materials. This permits designers and engineers to “custom-build” the core material in keeping with requirements. VBC is lightweight and sustainable as a matter - like all BALTEK® products.

Properties
Applications
Processing

Properties

  • Extremely high specific stiffness and strength
  • Excellent fatigue resistance and impact resistance
  • Easy processing characteristics and homogeneous mechanical properties due to high resolution of the material structure
  • Very broad operating temperature range from -212°C to +163°C
  • Full traceability and highest-quality wood due to stringent process control from seedling to delivery
  • Excellent fire behavior
  • Excellent sound absorption and thermal insulation

Applications

  • Sporting equipment, skis, snowboards
  • Bridge construction
  • Transportation: flooring
  • Marine: bulkheads
  • 3D moldings and models

Processing

  • Adhesive bonding
  • Compression molding
  • Hand lamination / spray lay-up
  • Prepreg processing (up to 180 °C)
  • Resin injection (RTM)
  • Vacuum infusion