Theoretical and experimental study on laterally loaded nailed bamboo connection

Dominika Malkowska, James Norman, David Trujillo

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The aim of the study was to create and verify a theoretical model for single-shear steel to bamboo nailed connections in natural bamboo. To this end, existing timber strength and fracture theories were used to model the brittle and ductile failure strength of the studied bamboo connection. Experimental tests of steel to bamboo nailed connection subjected to short-term loading in single shear parallel to fibre direction in Moso bamboo confirmed the suitability of the timber models to predict the connection behaviour. The findings constitute a basis for development of theory for screws, which is the advocated connector type by the authors. It is anticipated that the predictability of bamboo dowelled connection behaviour, along with the latest developments in bamboo design standardization, will enhance the designers confidence to implement dowelled bamboo connections in practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number127971
Number of pages12
JournalConstruction and Building Materials
Issue numberPart A
Early online date7 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022

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This is an open access article under the CC BY license


EPSRC through grant EP/R9004490


  • Bamboo connection
  • Nailed bamboo connection
  • Dowelled bamboo connection


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