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When fresh Azobé’s heartwood is reddish-brown, discolouring to dark-red and chocolate-brown, sometimes to a violet-coloured dark red-brown. Azobé has markedly white to yellow coloured constituents in the pores. In general, the structure is fairly regular.
Properties of this timber species
- Botanical name: Lophira alata
- ATIBT name: Azobé
- Other names: Ekki, Bongossi
- Azobé is listed in the Dutch norm NEN 5493 'Quality Requirements For Hardwoods In Road Construction Works, Hydraulic Engineering Works And Other Structural Applications’.
- Azobé quality class Category 3/Tropical/NEN 5493 is classed in strength class D70 (NEN-EN 338).
- Because of its great strength, consistency and durability, Azobé is widely used as construction material in hydraulic engineering for lock gates, fendering, flood-control, jetties, bridges, bridge decks, shore piling, purlins, webbing, noise barriers, dragline mats, bottom boards and support structures for heavy machinery
- In more recent years it has been used extensively for constructional elements in galleries and parking decks in housing projects because of its good strength and fire-resistant qualities
- Resistance to fungi: class 1 (very durable)
- Resistance to insects: Termites probably class D (sapwood and heartwood very durable), Marine borers class D in Northern European conditions and class M (moderately durable) in Southern European conditions
- (940)-1060-(1100) kg/m3 at 12% moisture content
- Fresh 1100-1300 kg/m3
source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10e herziene druk
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