Bamboo is a useful building material to resist earthquake and cyclone
Bamboo is considered as one of the most useful building materials as it is a excellent, natural and recyclable resource.
Guadua bamboo contains fibers which are up to 1 cm long as compared to wood (approx. 2 mm long). Guadua has a tensile power up to 40 kN/cm2, whereas timber fibers as well as mild steel contain approximately 5 kN/cm2 or 36 kN/cm2 respectively.
Bamboo is mostly suitable for seismic-resistant constructions as due to its capability for absorbing energy and superior bending strength. There is a fewer portion of lignin in bamboo. Its primary component is silicic acid that makes it long-lasting and inflexible. The tissues in guadua bamboo are formed with 40% fiber, 51% parenchyma and 9% conductive tissue to make it more stable.
Given below, various benefits of bamboo as a good building Material
- It is very simple to slice, handle, reform, reposition and preserve bamboo devoid of using any advanced tools or equipment.
- Due to its exceptional physical characteristics, Guadua bamboo is compatible with various types of structures and constructions.
- Bamboo is a pollution free material and there are not any coatings or parts which can produce waste. Any unused part of bamboo is reprocessed into the earth as fertilizer or as a bamboo charcoal.
- It is a light building material because of its circular form and hollow sections. Therefore, bamboo can be smoothly handled, transported and reserved. Huge time is saved if any building is formed with bamboo.
- Bamboo is applied for long-lasting and temporary constructions.
- In each of its nodes, there is a separating or transverse wall that preserves strength and facilitates bending and at the same time stops cracking when bent. Due to this crucial feature, a bamboo construction resist earthquake effectively.
- The constitution of the fibers in the walls of the bamboo facilitates it to be sliced by length or sliced crosswise in pieces of any length, through easy to use manual tools like the machete.
- The natural surface of the bamboo is smooth, clear and designed with an eye-catching color which does not need any type of painting, scraping or polishing.
- Bamboo offers multipurpose uses like flooring, wall paneling, water pipes, drainage, and furniture.
- Bamboo can also be utilized with other types of construction materials, like reinforcing materials for foundations.
This following video presents a test result of bamboo structures to withstand pressure for earthquake and cyclone.