As a natural, organic material, the physical properties of bamboo are extremely variable and it is therefore difficult to predict the structural capacity of individual ‘culms’. The exact strength of a specimen can only be determined through destructive testing; however, by establishing relationships between the actual strength and properties which can be measured non-destructively, it is possible to estimate the strength of a culm.
Poster: Ms Suneina Jangra
University: Coventry University
The project aimed to:
- Correlate one or more easily measurable physical or mechanical property through simple, rapid, non-destructive tests to one or more flexural strength properties of a particular bamboo species
- Establish key indicating properties from which flexural properties can be estimated
- Propose a classification system for dry round bamboo based on the relationships established between indicating properties and flexural properties
- Investigate the reliability, simplicity, cost and speed of the proposed grading and classification method
Tests resulted in promising correlations between the measured physical and mechanical properties and the flexural properties determined from destructive testing.