Detailed scientific and mechanical properties for Yellow Balau wood

Bangkirai, Yellow Balau

  • Description: Bangkirai wood has a brownish yellow heartwood and a light brown sapwood. Its grain can be straight or interlocked, featuring a glossy and smooth texture. Bangkirai has great durability as well as great hardness, with Janka hardness rating of 1798. Bangkirai has long been used both for finer uses such as flooring, but for heavy duty uses as well, such as marine and heavy construction. A great all-rounder, Indonesian Bangkirai hardwood flooring is beautiful flooring choice.
  • More Info: Bangkirai , aka Yellow Balau, is a popular species used for decking and siding applications primarily in Europe. An outstanding hardwood with incredible durability and strength, Bangkirai rivals Ipe from South America in terms of its longevity and mechanical properties.
  • Other Names: Shorea laevis, Anggelam, Balau, Benuas, Kumus, Penepak
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Bangkirai, Yellow Balau Lumber Scientific Properties and Technical Specifications

  • Janka Hardness: 1,798 pounds
  • Strength (MOR): 20,950 psi
  • Stiffness (MOE): 2,900 1000 psi
  • Density (KG/m3): 930
  • Color: Heartwood is brownish yellow with light brown sapwood.
  • Photosensitivity: Moderate
  • Tangential Shrinkage: 9.3%
  • Radial Shrinkage: 4.2%
  • Family: Shorea
  • Tree Characteristics:
  • Geographic Area: Indonesia
  • Texture: Smooth
  • Grain: Straight or interlocked
  • Luster: Glossy
  • Durability Rating: Rated as durable.
  • Drying Characteristics: Somewhat difficult to dry, requires careful conditioning during drying.
  • Working Characteristics: Difficult to cut, plane and sand - similar to Ipe and Cumaru.
  • Applications: Decking, siding, outdoor furniture.