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Using bamboo as a construction material: A proposal to investigate its structural performance in multi-story buildings and as an internal reinforcement material in road pavements

PUBLISHED December 01, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2312p4711598)

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Authors

Khalid Abdel Naser Abdel Rahim1
  1. Independent Researcher in Civil Engineering

Conference / event

Fátima Materiais de Construção, October 2023 (Fátima, Portugal)

Poster summary

Bamboo is considered a new construction material which has many compensations. Many researchers have been continuously investigating the durability of using bamboo material in structures. According to researchers, bamboo material is (1) Architectural natural beauty, (2) much cheaper than other construction materials, (3) light in weight, (4) easier to maintain, (5) green eco-friendly material, (6) sustainable, durable and ductile material, (7) has an acceptable rate in resisting earthquakes. However, there are some disadvantages in using bamboo as a construction material. For instance, (1) it has a high-water absorption rate, (2) bamboo are weak in resisting fire, (3) bamboo are subjected to bacterial and fungus attacks and (4) bamboo can lose its strength if not preserved appropriately.

Keywords

Bamboo material, Construction, Structural performance, Multi-story buildings, Internal reinforcement, Road pavements

Research areas

Civil Engineering, Architecture, Design and Urban Planning, Material Sciences, Environmental Engineering

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No competing interests were disclosed.
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The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
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Copyright © 2023 Abdel Naser Abdel Rahim. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Abdel Naser Abdel Rahim, K. Using bamboo as a construction material: A proposal to investigate its structural performance in multi-story buildings and as an internal reinforcement material in road pavements [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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