Uses: The immense durability of Greenheart timber, alongside it’s strong resistance to shock-loads, means it is frequently used for a variety of marine construction work, including ship construction. Other common uses of Greenheart lumber include:
Greenheart wood has an exceptionally heavy density, and very high bending and crushing strengths; it has a very high stiffness and a high resistance to shock loads. The wood has a moderate steam bending classification although requires extra efficient support on the outer face.
Greeenheart wood dries very slowly with considerable degrade with checking and end splitting. Boards over 1” (25mm) thickness should be partly air dried before kilning and existing shakes are liable to extend and splitting of knots may occur. Medium movement in service.
Greenheart wood is very durable. It has excellent resistance to marine borers and although Greenheart sapwood is liable to attack by pinhole borers, the heartwood is immune. It is extremely resistant to preservative treatment.
Strength Class = D70;
Weight per m3 12% m.c. = 1030 Kg;
Modulus of elasticity 12% m.c. = 21000 N/mm2;
Durability = Very Durable.
Family Name: Lauraceae
Latin Name: Ocotea rodiaei
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