23rd January 2017, Dallas, TX
CoreLite, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, has received Lloyd’s Register and DNV GL quality certifications for its Balsasud end-grain balsa wood core for use in sandwich-structured composites.
Both confirm that Balsasud meets specific quality standards and mechanical properties as a core material.
“These accreditations represent major achievements for CoreLite and demonstrate the suitability of our end-grain balsa wood as a core material for sandwich construction,” said Elsa Axelsdottir, innovation manager at CoreLite.
Balsasud cores have outstanding physical properties in terms of their strength-to-weight ratio, with both high shear and compression strength. They are easy to bond with any type of resin or adhesive and also serve as a natural insulator, fire retardant and noise reduction materials. Working with balsa wood is easy, since it can handle changes in temperature and is highly chemically resistant (including to styrene). The cores can also be supplied with the latest coating technologies to reduce resin absorption, increase bonding properties and protect it from environmental constraints.
As an all-natural raw material and a renewable resource, the company’s balsa wood has been supplied from Ecuador since 1939. The Balsasud facility in Ecuador is certified for Forest Stewardship Council chain of custody by the Rainforest Allianc
CoreLite Board has also recently been awarded the Certificate of Material Excellence by Material ConneXion and accepted into its permanent collection.
Material ConneXion is the world’s largest materials library with more than 7,000 cutting-edge materials in eight distinct categories housed in its archives. CoreLite Board is featured in the Polymers section.