Agricultural Sciences

Title :

Development of Bamboo Composite Beams and their specifications for engineering applications

Area of research :

Agricultural Sciences, Engineering Sciences

Focus area :

Bamboo composite beams for engineering applications

Principal Investigator :

Dr S.A.R. Hashmi, Chief Scientist, CSIR-Advance Material and Process Research Institute (CSIR-AMPRI), Bhopal

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Executive Summary :

Objective: Design & development of bamboo based composite structural element of larger sizes, suitable for the construction industry, Defining the characteristics of bamboo for making bamboo composites, Development of method for making uniform thickness bamboo strands, Development of assembly and stacking procedure of bamboo strands, Bamboo composite beam assembly of 1.0 to 3.0 m in size, Development of property data base of bamboo composite beams and their joints/ couplings, Organizing the Skill Development programmes / Trainings, Workshops, Seminars, Industry-Institute Meets and Demo Structures based on Bamboo composites technology and utilization

Summary: Bamboo is the world’s fastest growing plant which grows three times faster than most other species. It is a renewable and versatile resource, characterized by high strength and low weight. Bamboos are known as valuable alternative resource with high physical similarities with true hardwoods. In spite of having excellent properties and renewable resource, bamboo is not being used to its full potential. The major problem associated with bamboo is its short life which is an outcome of environmental degradation that becomes faster in varying environmental conditions. Moreover, natural bamboo exhibits lots of variations in size, quality and shapes that restrict its application in standard practices of construction as a construction material.

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