Structural use of bamboo. Part 2: Durability and preservation

S. Kaminski, A. Lawrence, David Trujillo, C. King

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Abstract

Bamboo is a strong, fast growing and very sustainable material, having been used structurally for thousands of years in many parts of the world. In modern times, it has the potential to be an aesthetically pleasing and low cost alternative to more conventional materials, such as timber, as demonstrated by some visually impressive recent structures. This five-part technical series, aimed at both developed- and developing-world contexts, will bring together current knowledge and best practice on the structural use of bamboo, covering: • an introduction to bamboo (part 1) • durability and preservation (part 2) • design values (part 3) • element design equations (part 4) • connections (part 5) This second article presents the main causes of decay of bamboo and the different methods of protection and preservation available.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-43
JournalThe Structural Engineer
Volume94
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2016

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    Kaminski, S., Lawrence, A., Trujillo, D., & King, C. (2016). Structural use of bamboo. Part 2: Durability and preservation. The Structural Engineer, 94(10), 38-43.