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A Review of Basic Mechanical Behavior of Laminated Bamboo Lumber

Assima Dauletbek1, Haitao Li1,2,*, Rodolfo Lorenzo3, Ileana Corbi4, Ottavia Corbi4, Mahmud Ashraf5

1 College of Civil Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, 210037, China
2 Joint International Research Laboratory for Bio-Composite Building Materials and Structures, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, 210037, China
3 University College London, London, WC1E 6BT, UK
4 University of Naples Federico II, Naples, 80133, Italy
5 Deakin University, Geelong, VIC 3216, Australia

* Corresponding Author: Haitao Li. Email: email

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Bio-Composite Materials and Structures-2021)

Journal of Renewable Materials 2022, 10(2), 273-300.


Over the past decade, the physical and mechanical performances of laminated bamboo lumber (LBL)–a bamboo-based structural material, have been extensively studied using experimental, analytical, and numerical approaches. This paper presents a review of existing knowledge in the literature about the mechanical properties of LBL. The paper involved the review of the response of LBL to different types of loading such as tension, bending, compression, and shear. Based on results of the literature reviewed, the strength of LBL parallel to grain was 90–124 MPa with MOE of 10700 MPa in tension, 29.55–72.60 MPa, and MOE of 8396–11022 MPa in compression, 63.87–128.4 MPa, and MOE of 8320–10912 MPa in bending, and 7.15–17.5 MPa in shear. The average strength of LBL was similar and in some cases exceeded the average values of bamboo- or wood-based materials, while the variability of its mechanical parameters was lower. The variability in strength values of LBL was affected by bamboo species, density and thickness of bamboo strips, growth portion, type of treatment, strips arrangements, and type of adhesive which in turn calls for classification of LBL by strength grades, degree of hardness, the capability of impregnation and penetration, as well as by areas of application in construction. The study provided and discussed concluding observations, the current research gap, and future research directions on the mechanical properties of LBL.


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Dauletbek, A., Li, H., Lorenzo, R., Corbi, I., Corbi, O. et al. (2022). A Review of Basic Mechanical Behavior of Laminated Bamboo Lumber. Journal of Renewable Materials, 10(2), 273–300.

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