Bamboo; the Green Reinforcement
|Date||26.11.2015 – 15:00 › 16:00|
|Speaker||Javadian Alireza, Chair of Architecture and Construction, Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), Singapore-ETH Centre|
|Category||Conferences - Seminars|
Bamboo has been used as a construction material for centuries around the globe. The benefits of using bamboo are enormous: its fast growth, high tensile strength, and the capacity to capture large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere are just some of the most remarkable properties it has to offer. For decades, researchers around the world have searched for methods to activate those benefits for use within the building sector and transform bamboo from a locally applied organic material into an industrialized product. However, water absorption, swelling and shrinking behavior, durability, fungi attacks as well as chemical decomposition of bamboo have limited most of the applications so far. The research conducted at Chair of Architecture and Construction, Prof. Dirk Hebel at the Future Cities Laboratory Singapore investigates how the newly developed bamboo composite materials, have the potential to overcome most of these limitations and open new application fields within the building sector, especially in the concrete industry. The research entails investigating the potential to replace steel reinforcements in structural concrete applications by the newly developed bamboo composite materials.