Lightly modified bamboo for structural applications

David Jorge Alexander Trujillo, Michael Ramage, Wen-Shao Chang

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    Abstract

    Laminated bamboo is becoming an increasingly widespread commodity, even for structural applications, but it does require considerable transformation of the raw material. The aim of this LimesNet mission to Colombia was to observe how bamboo that has undergone minimal transformation may be used for structural applications. Significant achievements have been made in architecture, academic research and structural engineering with bamboo in Colombia. These are discussed. Observations of numerous bamboo structures are also reported. Bamboo is a promising renewable resource with a low environmental impact, and lightly modified bamboo is an exciting and nascent form of using this material that reinforces its sustainability credentials.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)238-247
    Number of pages10
    JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Construction Materials
    Volume166
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • buildings
    • structures & design
    • developing countries
    • timber structures

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