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Characterization of the Flexural Behavior of Bamboo Beams

Limin Tian1,2, Jianpeng Wei3, Jiping Hao1,*, Qiushuo Wang1

1 School of Civil Engineering, Shaanxi Key Laboratory of Structure and Earthquake Resistance, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an, 710055, China
2 The Key Laboratory of Plateau Building and Eco-Community in Qinghai, Qinghai Building and Materials Research Co., Ltd., Xining, 810008, China
3 Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Green Building and Assembly Construction, Anhui Institute of Building Research & Design, Hefei, 230031, China

* Corresponding Author: Jiping Hao. Email: email

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Renewable building materials and properties)

Journal of Renewable Materials 2021, 9(9), 1571-1597.


Bamboo is a renewable and environmentally friendly material often used for construction. This study investigates the flexural behavior of bamboo beams through theoretical and finite element (FE) analyses. Considering the material’s nonlinearity, a method of calculating load-deflection curves is proposed and validated via FE analysis. The interfacial slippage dominated by the shear stiffness of the interface between two bamboo poles significantly influences the flexural behavior of double-pole bamboo beams. Thus, the load-deflection curves for different shear stiffnesses can be obtained via theoretical and FE analyses. Subsequently, a novel configuration using diagonal steel bands to avoid slippage is presented. An inclination angle of 45° is suggested to adequately develop the stiffness and bearing capacity of the steel band.

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Characterization of the Flexural Behavior of Bamboo Beams


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Tian, L., Wei, J., Hao, J., Wang, Q. (2021). Characterization of the Flexural Behavior of Bamboo Beams. Journal of Renewable Materials, 9(9), 1571–1597.


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