Mechanical characterisation of structural laminated bamboo

Bhavna Sharma, Helene Bauer, Gerhard Schickhofer, Michael H. Ramage

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Low carbon construction materials are needed to reduce CO2 emissions in the built environment. Laminated bamboo is an example of such a material, however to be used in structural applications, fundamental mechanical properties are needed to establish the design values used in architecture and engineering practice. Recent studies on laminated bamboo have focused on the use of timber standards for small clear specimens, with little work published on structural scale testing. The presented work is the first study to utilise structural scale test methods for timber in a multi-laboratory test programme to investigate all mechanical properties of an outdoor laminated bamboo product. The study provides a comparison of the full scale structural performance to conventional timber and a pathway for use in engineering design and practice. The study shows laminated bamboo is comparable to conventional timber and timber-based products in structural properties and forms the foundation to use laminated bamboo in design and construction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-264
Number of pages15
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Structures and Buildings
Issue number4
Early online date10 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017


  • Bamboo
  • Buildings
  • structures and design
  • Timber structures
  • Strength and testing of materials


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