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International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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Experimental Determination Of Compressive Strength Of Bamboo Panel Made From Bamboo Grown In Southwest Of Nigeria

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Olawale, Simon O.,A,Ogunbiyi, Moses Adebowale





This work investigates the compressive strength of bamboo panels made from the locally grown bamboos in Osun State of Nigeria. There are five different species of bamboo grown in Nigeria but the specie commonly found in the Southwest of Nigeria in large quantity is Bambusa Vulgaris. Despite its versatility in the construction of low cost houses, little is made use of it other than as scaffolds and shoring of concreting of slabs in building. As structural elements such as reinforcement, it s use is non-existent despite its high tensile strength in excess of 400MPa stronger than mild steel as reported by Xiaobing (2007). Although, bamboo is not as good in compression but this is only ascertained for some variants of bamboos in the Asia but such is not available for the species grown in the Southwest of Nigeria. The current work focuses on the compressive capacity of short panels with and without reinforcements. It is interesting that bamboo panels of various dimensions of 350mm, 300mm, 250mm and 200mm in height and constant width of 200mm exhibited compressive strength decreasing with reduction in slenderness ratio. The average compressive strength ranges from 14MPa to 19.67MPa for 200mm panel and from 18.1 MPa to 22.56MPa for 350mm panel. With improved infill, the panel strength improves considerably with over 40% for the stockiest type and about 25% increase for the slender panels.



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