Bamboo has quite a high tensile strength. It is comparable with steel. Apart from this, bamboo has an impermeable protective layer on the outer side which protects it from rotting due to water, which is a major problem for almost all organic material.

Use of  Bamboo and Its Strength 

Now in civil engineering, many people are using bamboo in place of steel for reinforcement, but bamboo is an excellent choice for reinforcement in concrete because of its higher strength as compared to steel by weight, the tensile strength  Bamboo’s tensile strength is roughly 28,000 per square inch versus steel’s 23,000. Bamboo is stronger more than 6 times of steel reinforcement, On comparison, the energy needed to produce steel is almost 50 times that of this natural product.

In tensile load application, results shown by bamboo are exciting because the ratio of tensile strength to the specific weight of bamboo is six times greater than steel.

Using Bamboo In Structures

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    1. It will not affect the environment beacause bamboo is not considered as tree. It belongs to grass family and the advantage of bamboo is it helps strenghtens the soil errossion and everytime you cut bamboo it will replace by hrowing another bamboo.

  1. I first saw this in done China about 7 years ago as concrete reo…walked away shaking my head…my ex gf was right !! 😊😊

  2. It s really a great idea, but im wondering ıf we nail or pinch its circumference for making connections in the nodes, its shearing capacity diminishes or not. But very great idea for Africa totally agree with that.

  3. What of applications could bamboo be used for house foundations, bridges, skyscrapers, what are the realistic replacement for steel??

  4. I agree with u but the binding capacity of steel bar with concrete is high than the bamboo. The bond between steel bars and concrete is higher than the bamboo and concrete, so what u think about that tha strength of structure. Because of the bamboos outer surface is plane and the steel bar are rough.

      1. Hmmm that’s also good to farmers. If we use bamboos, we have to grow more bamboo instead of use to construction work otherwise bamboo will burned 🤷‍♂️

    1. Bamboo comes under grasx category and it regrows very fast within few years by absorbing carbon from environment. For steel, ores are mined which wont form back for thousands of years. So bamboo is completely sustainable and we dont have to worry to harvest bamboo

  5. What about the bonding and thermal expansion properties of bamboo compared to steel.. steel is having almost same expansion of that of concrete..

  6. I love this article …but It will decay inside the concrete after sometimes …or are there any preservative methods towards that?

    1. The bamboo in this article was used as reinforcement outside of the structure and not inside of the concrete cement as replacement to steel.

  7. Any one can help ,I want to construct a900 sq feet slab on 3rd floor
    If interested plz contact me on this no.9822348273 .i would like to use this new bamboo for my house construction.

  8. It’s true. But required sufficient knowledge about using type of bamboo, pre treatment if required, structural knowledge regarding fitting joints.

  9. I don´t see bamboo being used as a reinforcement material. According to the data shown above, It´s being used instead of reinforced concrete. Do you know whether sombody has tried bamboo as a reinforcement material in, say, beams?

  10. Some of the contractors have already tried it in Bangladesh in building the large buildings…and the result was devastating. Concrete lost its bondage with bamboo just in three months or sooner, slabs fell down on people resulting fatal injuries, and then…police stories. No problem in using bamboo as a building material but definitely not in this way.

  11. Bamboo comes under grasx category and it regrows very fast within few years by absorbing carbon from environment. For steel, ores are mined which wont form back for thousands of years. So bamboo is completely sustainable and we dont have to worry to harvest bamboo

  12. Great idea with putting the Bamboo into wonderful use. Am interested in awuiring the practical knowledge. Please, how can I get the training for this?

  13. Can we put bamboos inside the concrete , as we used the reinforcement. ?
    Supposed we are casting the column then instead of rebars we want to put bamboos can it possiable ?

  14. This is a great idea but will prefer well detailed report in terms of its technicality compare to reinforcements; like the bottle house, it might have environmental impact but don’t think its a perfect substitute to reinforcementwww

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  16. Bamboo, however, has to be protected against insects like termites and “bukbuk”. What is the best protective treatment for bamboo?

    1. May be it is Carbonisation but reduce15percent on strength parameters, it is a natural methods ,no use of chemical,some chemical combination may be harmful to cement

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