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  1. 1. B.Benitta PaulinMary, Dr. D.Tensing / International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA) ISSN: 2248-9622 Vol. 3, Issue 2, March -April 2013, pp.683-686 State of The Art Report on Bamboo Reinforcement B.Benitta PaulinMary*, Dr. D.Tensing** *, ** (School of Civil Engineering, Karunya University, Coimbatore)ABSTRACT India has one third of the world’s poor. properties of bamboo to be used as bar in a reinforcing87.2% of the population of Indians live below the concrete. From the studies it was found that bamboopoverty line. Since the population is on the rise the can potentially be used as substitute for steeldemand for basic needs increases. We civil reinforcement.engineers deal with providing shelter for humans.Our main aim is to provide best facilities at an 2. BAMBOO AS A CONSTRUCTIONeconomic cost. Concrete has various advantages MATERIALsuch as low cost, availability, fire resistance etc. But The use of bamboo as reinforcement init cannot be used alone because of its low tensile Portland cement concrete has been studied extensivelystrength; usually it is reinforced with materials that by Clemson Agricultural College. (Ref 1) Bamboo hasare strong in tension (often steel). Since some of the been used as a construction material in certain areascitizens cannot afford to utilize steel in for centuries, but its application as reinforcement inreinforcement due to its cost, we go in for a concrete had received little attention until the Clemsonmaterial which can be replaced for steel. Bamboo is study.a giant woody grass, that grows chiefly in the A study of the feasibility of using bamboo astropics, where it is widely cultivated. Bamboo the reinforcing material in precast concrete elementsproves to provide good reinforcement and is eco- was conducted at the U. S. Army Engineer Waterwaysfriendly. Moreover it is very economic. In this Experiment Station in 1964. (Ref 2) Ultimate strengthpaper, a review of the research carried out on design procedures, modified to take into account thebamboo reinforced concrete is given with emphasis characteristics of the bamboo reinforcement were usedon experimental work. to estimate the ultimate load carrying capacity of theKeywords – concrete, bamboo, reinforcement. precast concrete elements with bamboo reinforcing. Some of the positive aspects such as a 1. INTRODUCTION lightweight design, better flexibility, and toughness Concrete is a composite construction material due to its thin walls with discretely distributed nodesmade primarily with cement, aggregates and water. and its great strength make it a good constructionConcrete is widely used for making architectural material. Bamboo is used as structural material forstructures, foundations, brick/block walls, pavements, scaffolding at construction sites in India, China andbridges, roads, dams, pools, etc. It has relatively high other countries as it is a tough, flexible, light weightcompressive strength, but significantly lowers tensile and low cost material.strength. It has various advantages such as low cost,availability, fire resistance etc. Because of its low 2.1 Advantages of Bambootensile strength it is usually reinforced with materials  Bamboo is an extremely strong natural fiber,that are strong in tension (often steel). But the cost of on par with standard hard woods, whensteel is high and it cannot found everywhere. To cultivated, harvested, prepared and storedovercome this problem civil engineers and scientist properly. The strongest part of a bamboowere searched for the low cost material to reinforce stalk is its node, where ranching occurs.the concrete. At last they found bamboo which is used  Bamboo is an exceptionally versatilefor replacements of reinforcing bar in concrete for low material. It is used in a myriad of ways forcost constructions. building, such as for scaffolding, roofing, Bamboo is natural, cheap, widely available concrete reinforcement, walls and piping. Itmaterial. It is strong both in tension and compression. may be used structurally and as a decorativeThe tensile strength of bamboo is relatively high. element.Bamboo is a kind of giant grass and an orthotropic  Bamboo is extremely flexible. During itsmaterial. Many research has been done on the growth, it may be trained to grow in unconventional shapes. After harvest, it may 683 | P a g e
  2. 2. B.Benitta PaulinMary, Dr. D.Tensing / International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA) ISSN: 2248-9622 Vol. 3, Issue 2, March -April 2013, pp.683-686 be bent and utilized in archways and other beam to compensate the low tensile property of the curved areas. It has a great capacity for shock concrete. Based on the experimental studies the absorption, which makes it particularly useful bamboo wounded by G.I wire gives uniform tensile in earthquake-prone areas. strength and their failure pattern is also similar as  It is considered to be sustainable and splitting parallel to the grain. The average tensile renewable alternative to hardwoods, foremost strength with prepared ends (wounded with G.I wire) because it regenerates at exceptionally fast has been found to be higher than the specimens rates. without prepared ends. Bamboo specimen shows some  It is cost-effective, especially in areas where nonlinearity before its failure. The modulus of it is cultivated and is readily available. elasticity, E of bamboo is found to be much lower than Transporting lightweight bamboo is less the steel reinforcement. Therefore, the deflection will costly than transporting its heavier be higher considering the steel reinforcement. alternatives.3. PROPERTIES OF BAMBOO TO BE USEDAS REINFORCING IN CONCRETE The properties of bamboo to be used asreinforcing in concrete have been investigated byHarish Sakaray et.al1 (2012). Various tests wereconducted on physical and mechanical properties ofmoso type bamboo. The result shows that the tensilestrength of moso type bamboo is half the strength ofmild steel. The compressive strength and tensilestrength of bamboo is nearly same and this behavior issimilar to steel. The surface of bamboo is smooth sothe bond stress of bamboo with concrete is very lowcompared to HYSD steel bars. Water absorption ofbamboo is very high and waterproofing agent isrecommended..4. GRIPPING OF BAMBOO Fig 1 Early failure at the gripping endREINFORCEMENT Proper gripping is an important factor fortensile test. Bamboo is relatively soft materials thanthe materials used for gripping purpose in UTM. Atthe time of tension tests, early failure was observed atthe gripping end as shown in the Fig. 1, possibly dueto high stress developed from lateral compression.Moreover, the surface of the bamboo specimen is veryslippery and therefore the samples in some caseexperienced slip at the time of tension test. To solvethese gripping problem GI wires (2mm diameter) werewringed spirally at both ends of the specimen. Theapplication of GI spiral around the ends of bamboospecimen has been shown in Fig. 2. Aluminum tabs atboth the ends of bamboo can also be used to avoidslipping of bamboo during tensile test. Fig 2 GI Spiral around the ends of bamboo specimen Three samples of finished bamboo weretested in natural condition (without treatment) and fivesamples of finished bamboo were tested with GI wire 5. CONCRETE COLUMNS REINFORCEDspiral at the ends to improve gripping. Sabbir et.al2 WITH BAMBOO STRIPS(2011) were investigated the possibility of using Eighteen concrete columns were casted andbamboo as a potential reinforcement in the concrete tested. Load capacity test, deflection and failure 684 | P a g e
  3. 3. B.Benitta PaulinMary, Dr. D.Tensing / International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA) ISSN: 2248-9622 Vol. 3, Issue 2, March -April 2013, pp.683-686patterns were observed. Varying bamboo, from 4No to 6. COMPRESSIVE STRENGTH AND12No, strips of coated seasoned bamboo of cross- DUCTILITY OF BAMBOO REINFORCEDsection 8x10mm, were used to reinforce the concrete CONCRETE COLUMNScolumns. The use of bamboo strips is to induce Bamboo treated with water-repellentelasticity in the concrete section, which in turn guide substance gives more strength and ductility. Satjapanagainst sudden failure. Bamboo coated with sand will et.al4 (2010) were investigated the structural andincrease the bond and gives good strength. The surface environmentally sustainable aspects of bamboo as acoated with bitumen makes it more resistance to reinforcing material instead of steel reinforcement indeterioration. It may not be suitable in water retaining concrete columns. Seven small-scale short columnsstructures because of the large deflection (125 mm x 125 mm x 600 mm) with different type ofaccompanying its failure. Musbau et.al3 (2012) were reinforcements were tested under concentric loading toinvestigated the structural strength of concrete column investigate strength capacity and ductility. The resultsreinforced with bamboo strips. The results showed that of this study showed that for the column reinforced bythe load carrying capacity of the column increased reinforcing bamboo without surface treatment,with increase in percentage of bamboo strip strength capacity was sufficient to withstand thereinforcement but the increase is not proportional to maximum axial force provided by ACI318-05, whilethe percentage of reinforcement. There was also ductility was rather low, especially the columnimproved post cracking ability of the concrete due to reinforced by 1.6% of bamboo without surfacethe bamboo inclusion but not as pronounced in steel treatment. This was because of the effect of waterreinforced column. All columns failed in a similar absorption and loss of bonding strength betweenpattern due to crushing of concrete. The bamboo strips concrete and bamboo. The columns reinforced byshowed no sign of slippage and remain unaffected reinforcing bamboo treated with the water-repellenteven after concrete failure. substance, Sikadur-31CFN, before concrete casting showed more strength and ductility than the columns Agarwal (2011) investigated the reinforced by untreated reinforcing bamboo.behavior of bamboo reinforced concrete members.Axial compression and bending test was performed on 7. BAMBOO REINFORCED CONCRETEPlain, Steel & Bamboo reinforced members. A total of12 columns (150x150x1000mm) were casted using BEAMdesign mix (M20) as per IS code. These columns Bamboo as reinforcement in concrete canincluded 3 columns of steel reinforcement, 3 columns increases the load carrying capacity. Bambooof plain concrete, 3 columns of untreated bamboo possesses low modulus of elasticity compared to steel.reinforcement & 3 columns of treated bamboo So, it cannot prevent cracking of concrete underreinforcements (with varying percentage of ultimate load. Rahman et.al5 (2011) were evaluated thereinforcement; i.e. 3, 5, & 8%). Plain concrete and aptness of bamboo as reinforcement in concrete. Theyuntreated bamboo columns showed brittle behavior in have conducted tensile test for bamboo and flexuralwhich, tiny cracks occurred at the surface of the strength test for bamboo reinforced concrete beam. Incolumn at about 80% of maximum axial force. After this research three types of beam were used first beamreaching the maximum load, the load capacity was casted by plain concrete, second one was casteddecreased abruptly and it finally failed in few seconds. by singly reinforced beam and third one was byThere were no visible signs of spoiled concrete doubly reinforced beam having same dimensions. Incovering to warn of impending failure. Whereas in plain concrete beam, they used one bamboo stick. Insteel and bamboo reinforced columns more ductile singly reinforced beams they used two bamboo sticksbehavior was observed, wherein tiny cracks became placed at the bottom with 1 inch clear cover. Similarly,visible at surface of columns firstly at 80-90% of in doubly reinforced beams they used two bamboomaximum axial force. Final failure was accompanied sticks placed at the top and bottom with 1 inch clearby growing signs of cracks and spalling of concrete. cover. Compressive Strength Test and SplittingBamboo concrete composite structural members can Tensile Strength Test were conducted for cylindricalprovide tailored solutions to the eco-housing concrete specimen. Flexural Test was conducted forinitiatives at cheaper costs. Beam. Tensile Strength Test was conducted for Bamboo Stick in UTM. 8. CONCLUSION Bamboo has a wide variety of uses. From construction to cooking, it has been a part of human 685 | P a g e
  4. 4. B.Benitta PaulinMary, Dr. D.Tensing / International Journal of Engineering Research and Applications (IJERA) ISSN: 2248-9622 Vol. 3, Issue 2, March -April 2013, pp.683-686culture and consumption for centuries. Another very strength as a structural member in reinforcedcommon use for bamboo today is as a decorative tool. concrete”, California Polytechnical StateSmall bamboo plants are becoming very popular in University San Luis Obispo.western interior design, and Asian cultures have been [7]. Francis E. Brink and Paul J. Rush “Bamboousing it to decorate rooms and altars for centuries. reinforced concrete construction”,Based on the literature available, it was found that the work in using bamboo as reinforcement in 1966/Bamboo Reinforced Concrete Feb1966.concrete is vast. However for smaller applications htmsuch as house hold articles, bamboo reinforcementusing light weight concrete the number of publicationsavailable are scarce. From the test results it wasproved that bamboo has high tensile strength and itcan be used as a replacing material for steelreinforment because of its low cost. Bambooreinforced concrete can be made for benches, tablesand stools in schools, parks, hotels, railway stationsetc to make eco-friendly environment and for low costconstruction. Constructions made with bamboo can bevery durable if it is well immunized and well selectedtrying to have the best quality of the material.REFERENCES [1]. Harish Sakaray, N.V. Vamsi Krishna Togati and I.V. Ramana Reddy “Investigation on properties of bamboo as reinforcing material in concrete”, International Journal Of Engineering Research And Applications (Ijera) Vol. 2, Issue 1, Jan-Feb 2012, Pp.077- 083. [2]. Md Ahsan Sabbir, S.M. Ashfaqul Hoq, and Saiada Fuadi Fancy “Determination of Tensile Property of Bamboo for Using as Potential Reinforcement in the Concrete”, International Journal Of Civil & Environmental Engineering Ijcee-Ijens Vol: 11 No: 05 Oct 2011. [3]. Musbau Ajibade Salau, Ismail Adegbite and Efe Ewaen Ikponmwosa “Characteristic Strength of Concrete Column Reinforced with Bamboo Strips” Journal Of Sustainable Development Vol. 5, No. 1; January 2012. [4]. Satjapan Leelatanon, Suthon Srivaro and Nirundorn Matan “Compressive strength and ductility of short concrete columns reinforced by bamboo”, Songklanakarin J. Sci. Technol. 32 (4), 419-424, Jul. - Aug. 2010 [5]. M. M. Rahman, M. H. Rashid, M. A. Hossain, M. T. Hasan and M. K. Hasan “Performance Evaluation of Bamboo Reinforced Concrete Beam”, International Journal Of Engineering & Technology Ijet- Ijens Vol: 11 No: 04 August 2011. [6]. Nithi Plangsriskul, Nicholas Dorsano “Materials characterization of bamboo and analysis of bonding strength and internal 686 | P a g e