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Viability of bamboo reinforced concrete for residential housing in Indonesia

Fergusson-Calwell, Timothy Clancy (2015). Viability of bamboo reinforced concrete for residential housing in Indonesia. Bachelor of Engineering (4th Year Project) Thesis, Charles Darwin University.

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Author Fergusson-Calwell, Timothy Clancy
Title Viability of bamboo reinforced concrete for residential housing in Indonesia
Institution Charles Darwin University
Publication Date 2015
Thesis Type Bachelor of Engineering (4th Year Project)
Collection Year 2015
0912 - Materials Engineering
Abstract Reinforced concrete is arguably the most common building material in the world; however the reinforcement used is steel which is expensive and can be hard to acquire in third world countries. An alternative cheaper reinforcement material with a high tensile strength is bamboo.

Extensive research through already available literature on bamboo replacing steel as a reinforcement material in concrete has been conducted. The research was considered and analysed, establishing clear conclusions that bamboo can in fact be used as reinforcement in a residential concrete house.

Factors such as tensile strength, availability of bamboo, design calculations, and costing have all been considered and lead to theoretical viability of bamboo reinforced concrete. However water absorption is an unfavourable inherent material limitation, which needs to be treated before being used as a structural material, procedural methods for this treatment have been devised and will be further tested. The effectiveness of these treatments have been further analysed and discussed, with a conclusion stating bamboo is in fact a viable replacement for steel, however further research must still be performed.
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