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Development of laminated bamboo lumber: A review of processing, performance and economical considerations

TitleDevelopment of laminated bamboo lumber: A review of processing, performance and economical considerations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMahdavi M., Clouston PL, Arwade SR
JournalJournal of Materials in Civil Engineering
Volume23
Issue7
Start Page1036
Pagination1036-1042
Date Published07/2011
ISSN0899-1561
KeywordsComposite processing, Laminated bamboo lumber, Mechanical properties, Sustainable material
Abstract

As focus is drawn toward more sustainable construction practices, use of bamboo as a structural building material is growing as a topic of interest. It is highly renewable, has low-embodied energy, and has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of steel, concrete, and timber. Composite lumber made from bamboo, termed laminated bamboo lumber (LBL), has gained the particular interest of researchers and practitioners of late, since it has bamboo’s mechanical properties but can be manufactured in well-defined dimensions, similar to commercially available wood products. Its primary drawbacks are that it is difficult to connect and is more costly than competing, locally available materials. This paper presents the advantages and challenges of embracing LBL as an alternative building material. Experimental and analytical data on production, performance, economics, and environmental impact of bamboo and LBL are reviewed, synthesized, and further analyzed to present an overview of the viability of using bamboo as a structural material in North America. D

DOI10.1061/(ASCE)MT.1943-5533.0000253