1st August 2016
First published: 1st August 2016
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Award-winning structural engineer Chris Wise has always challenged convention and has no plans to stop. In his sights currently are multiple targets, including the whole structural engineering profession, its businesses and his own future.
This comprehensive guide to prestressed concrete design is aimed at students and recent graduates, but will also be of use to more experienced practising engineers in Australia, concludes David Morris.
Bamboo is a strong, fast growing and very sustainable material, having been used structurally for thousands of years in many parts of the world. In modern times, it has the potential to be an aesthetically pleasing and low-cost alternative to more conventional materials, such as timber, as demonstrated by some visually impressive recent structures.
This first article provides an introduction to bamboo and the physical characteristics that are relevant to structural design. Basic properties, along with a selection of suitable structural species, are presented, and fire resistance and specification of bamboo are discussed, along with other considerations as to whether bamboo is suitable for a particular project.