Limit states for bamboo strips bolted to timber members

Shawn Platt

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


This paper presents an experimental program investigating the application of a laminated engineered bamboo strip material as an alternative means of repairing or retrofitting damaged timber structural members. This research involves the determination of characteristic properties including the open-hole tension capacity and the effects of staggered open-holes on the capacity of the engineered bamboo strip product. Limit states identified include gross and net section tension capacities, splitting and shear capacities of bolted connections and the effects of staggering bolts. The bamboo strips displayed reliable patterns of material behaviour. The application of the bamboo strip material is introduced in a pilot study repairing and reinforcing notched timber members.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Brigham, John, Advisor, External person
  • Yu, Qiang, Advisor, External person
  • Harries, Kent, Supervisor, External person
Award date16 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Bamboo
  • Limit States
  • Bolted
  • Engineered bamboo
  • lap splice
  • open-hole capacity
  • repairs
  • Sustainability


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