Bamboo - Current and Future Prospects. The group of plants belonging to a family of giant woody grasses is called bamboo. Among the wide spectrum of uses of bamboo are conceivable purpose, like scaffolding to boats, cooking utensils, furniture, food, fuel, landscaping, ornamental display and a thousand other uses [ 1 ]. Despite the enormous importance of bamboo to our social and economic well-being, researchers are still exploiting the potential derivable from most bamboos, in accordance to the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan INBAR vision — to carry out sustainable development goals. However, there is a need to set a direction and define a road map for green development through research and expansion of research breakthroughs using bamboo as a natural fiber source.
Experimental Research on Bamboo Fiber Reinforced Concrete
Bamboo research in the Philippines - Cristina A. Roxas
This paper studied the mechanical performance of bamboo fiber reinforced concrete through a series of compression, splitting and flexural tests. The comparative variables are the length and volume ratio of the bamboo fiber. The test results show that concretes splitting tensile property has obvious improvement when bamboo fibers are added, but the enhancement to the compression property and flexural property is not obvious. Request Permissions. Journal of Tongji University, Vol.
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The motivation for such replacement is typically cost—bamboo is readily available in many tropical and sub-tropical locations, whereas steel reinforcement is relatively more expensive—and more recently, the drive to find more sustainable alternatives in the construction industry. A prototype three bay portal frame, that would not be uncommon in regions of the world where bamboo-reinforced concrete may be considered, is used to illustrate bamboo reinforced concrete design and as a basis for a life cycle assessment of the same. The authors conclude that, although bamboo is a material with extraordinary mechanical properties, its use in bamboo-reinforced concrete is an ill-considered concept, having significant durability, strength and stiffness issues, and does not meet the environmentally friendly credentials often attributed to it. The mechanical properties of bamboo and its availability in developing regions has led to its empirical use as reinforcement in concrete structures. The proposition of its widespread use as a sustainable alternative to steel in reinforced concrete structures, poses key questions to builders, engineers and researchers with regards to its structural capacity and compatibility, as well as constructability and sustainability issues.