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Bamboo is the Best Alternative to Steel Reinforcement


Developing countries have the highest demand for steel-reinforced concrete, but often do not have the means to produce the steel to meet that demand.  Rather than put themselves at the mercy of a global MARKET dominated by developed countries, Singapore’s Future Cities Laboratory suggests an alternative to this manufactured rarity: bamboo.  Abundant, sustainable, and extremely resilient, bamboo has potential in the future to become an ideal replacement in places where steel cannot easily be produced.
In trials of tensile strength, bamboo outperforms most other materials, reinforcement steel included.  It achieves this strength through its hollow, tubular structure, evolved over millennia to resist wind forces in its natural habitat.  This lightweight structure also makes it easy to harvest and transport.  Due to its incredibly rapid growth cycle and the variety of areas in which it is able to grow, bamboo is also extremely cheap.  Such rapid growth plant growth requires the grass to absorb large quantities of CO2, meaning that its cultivation as a building material would help reduce the rate of climate change. These factors alone are incentive for INVESTMENT in developing bamboo as reinforcement.
Indeed, despite these benefits, there is still work to do in overcoming bamboo’s limitations. Contraction and expansion is one such limitation, caused by both temperature changes and water absorption.  The grass is also susceptible to structural weakness caused by fungus and simple biodegradation.  Ironically, many of the countries that would benefit from bamboo reinforcement also lack the resources to develop it as a viable alternative to the steel on which they currently rely.
The Future Cities Laboratory is currently conducting research to determine the full gamut of applications that bamboo has as a construction material.  Their experimentation in this field has earned them a Zumtobel Group Award
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41 comments:

  1. Curious to know more about the bamboo as the substitute of steel.

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  2. This is great!! Yes, I know this, bamboo is a good alternative to iron rods because my old house (I am based in India in village area) which is built in 1960, has been made with bamboo stick. The house is made with soil.

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  3. I have worked on Bamboo reinforcement applications in my Undergrad Thesis under Prof. Dr. Abu Zakir Morshed, Dept. Of Civil Engineering, KUET. There are vast scopes in this emerging field. Key notes of my work:
    1)Physical and Mechanical Properties of Bamboo Sticks.
    2)Weathering
    3)Protective Coating (Waterproof)
    4)Bond Stress
    5)Flexure Behaviour

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    1. Dear sir.
      Can you send a link to your thesis please?

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    2. shoaib090029@gmail.com
      Plz send your comments and recommendations about bamboo reinforcement.

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    3. Practically have you erected any structure? Please send me details by email, my id sgchavan.organic@gmail.com

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    4. please can you send a copy of your thesis ...or a link to it...at faniwashola@gmail.com

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    5. Send me your thesis at talam13786@gmail.com
      Plz sir...

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    6. Asad is your work available to the public?

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    7. Can you please send me your thesis if possible. My email nht.nuce@gmail.com
      Thank you so much!

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    8. how long ago was the thesis done? Also if it is published share a link

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    9. Hello Mr. Joy, can you send me a copy of your thesis please? richarnot6@gmail.com

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    10. Joy..iam interested as bamboo is everywhere in my country..can i read your thesis.

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    11. Have you compared indian solid bamboo too in your thesis?

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    12. SIR PLZ GIVE ME copy of ur thesis i want to read
      basnetsantosh07@gmail.com

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    13. Bisakah anda mengirim link tesis anda email saya sitirochmawati89@gmail.com

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  4. Does anyone has idea of working with bamboo reinforcement for water retaining structures? Thanks

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  5. I’m a big Fan of Bamboo, therefor I have 2 question. During casting of the Concrete does the Bamboo not expand and then shrinks when dry?
    How do you make the Bamboo stick to the Concrete?

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  6. I am Research scholar from IIT KGP, INDIA. Here security rooms are made by bamboo sticks instead of using steel in foundation and also in pillar construction.

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  7. i will like to know more about bamboo stick usage . and if any one has any thesis on it . pls will be glad to have on faniwashola@gmail.com.

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    1. Me too. I like house from material bamboo. I am from 🇻🇳

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  8. Just now I know about bamboo which one usabe same like iron rod.

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  9. I impressed by the quality of information on this website. There are a lot of good resources here. I am sure I will visit this place again soon. Steel Casting

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  10. Can we use bamboo in roof slab ...??

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  11. The strength of bamboo is amazing. I have done model studies on bamboo reinforced fly ash retaining walls. In fact I used the bamboo in the form of geogrids. https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29HZ.2153-5515.0000386

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  12. Whatvis the life span of bamboo when used as a reinforcement on concrete

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  13. Pls can you send a copy of your thesis to Kingdom.noel@yahoo.com

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  14. Can you send a link to your thesis at calavicjoseph@gmail.com

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  15. Please send me reply,about the bamboo construction because I built a new building with using bamboo

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  16. Sir please send me about the bamboo construction can send soft copy to my mail account
    gowthamv36471@gmail.com

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  18. I am interested in bamboo reinforcement structures. Can you please send me thesis on bamboo reinforcement to my email rajashekhararelly@gmail.com

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  19. Can someone answer this, I'm from Kenya, as an engineer, is this logic in the first place😙

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  20. In China one may eat bamboo with bamboo chopsticks sitting in a bamboo seat before a bamboo table in a bamboo house. Bamboo

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  21. Can you please send a cooy if thesis at anubhavaghimire41@gmail.com

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