Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Balsa

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_1033

\ból-sә\ n [Sp] (ca 1600) Wood from the tree Ochroma lagopus, Ecuador. Its density is only 0.12–0.2 g/cm3, yet it has good strength, especially end-grain compressive strength, so it has found application as an interlayer in reinforced-plastics (Hoadley RB (2000) Understanding wood. The Taunton, Newtown). See  Sandwich Structures.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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