Fire-safe bamboo structures - a methodology to facilitate performance-based design

M. Gutierrez, Angela Solarte, I. Pope, C. Maluk, J. Hidalgo, J. L. Torero

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Traditionally, bamboo has only been used for structural purposes in low-rise buildings, and one of the main reasons is that the fire performance of load-bearing bamboo structures is not well understood. Before this material can be used in applications where fire safety considerations are critical, for instance in mid-rise buildings or other complex structures, its fire performance must be characterised comprehensively. This requires an understanding of the fire-induced failure mechanisms and mechanical performance at elevated temperatures of bamboo structural elements, as well as their thermal performance and burning behaviour. The work described herein summarises the knowledge gaps and engineering challenges that must be overcome to facilitate the performance-based design of bamboo structures. A continuing holistic study aimed at addressing these issues is introduced. Key thermal and mechanical properties and burning behaviours of both laminated and round bamboo are summarised.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModern Engineered Bamboo Structures
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Third International Conference on Modern Bamboo Structures (ICBS 2018), June 25-27, 2018, Beijing, China
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780429434990
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-35185-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
EventThird International Conference on Modern Bamboo Structures (ICBS 2018) - , China
Duration: 25 Jun 201827 Jun 2018


ConferenceThird International Conference on Modern Bamboo Structures (ICBS 2018)

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