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Research interests

Bhavna is interested in the use of sustainable construction materials in design and engineering. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate and develop natural materials, such as bamboo, for structural use. Areas of research include structural and small scale experimental testing, modelling and design. Through a multi scale approach, her research forms the basis for non-conventional materials to be utilised and accepted in design and engineering practice.

Education / Academic qualification

Civil and Environmental Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh


Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master in Science, University of Hawaii


Art History, Master of Arts, University at Buffalo State University of New York


Architecture, Bachelor of Arts, University at Buffalo State University of New York



  • TH Building construction
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • NA Architecture

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2010 2018

Chemical composition of processed bamboo for structural applications

Sharma, B., Shah, D. U., Beaugrand, J., Janeček, E. R., Scherman, O. A. & Ramage, M. H. 23 Apr 2018 In : Cellulose. 25, 6, p. 3255-3266 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Relationship of structure and stiffness in laminated bamboo composites

Penellum, M., Sharma, B., Shah, D. U., Foster, R. M. & Ramage, M. H. 20 Mar 2018 In : Construction and Building Materials. 165, p. 241-246 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Inhalation Burns
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Form-Fitting Strategies for Diversity-Tolerant Design

Bukauskas, A., Shepherd, P., Walker, P., Sharma, B. & Bregula, J. 25 Sep 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Structural design
3 Citations

Mechanical characterisation of structural laminated bamboo

Sharma, B., Bauer, H., Schickhofer, G. & Ramage, M. H. Apr 2017 In : Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Structures and Buildings. 170, 4, p. 250-264 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Thermal relaxation of laminated bamboo for folded shells

Ramage, M. H., Sharma, B., Shah, D. & Reynolds, T. Oct 2017 In : Materials & Design. 132, 2017, p. 582-589 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Natural fibers