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Created on October 1, 2018

Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Panels

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Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Panels are a construction system based on treated bamboo used in composite panels.

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Product Description

Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Panels are made using laminated bamboo panels that are glued together, composites made with chips and slivers, and added material (similar to plywood), particle board, fiber board and mat board. These panels can be used as walls, roof or flooring material. There are also door or window panels. There is a wide array of panels depending on the purpose, varying in mechanical properties, size, or shape.

Manufacturing/Building Method

The panels are produced in a facility and then delivered to the construction site, where they are assembled.

Intellectural Property Type

Other

User Provision Model

Users obtain the product directly from the manufacturer or through a general contractor.

Distributions to Date Status

Unknown

Unit dimensions (cm)

N/A

Primary materials

Bamboo

Complimentary materials

None

Fire Resistance (hr)

Thermal Insulation Capacity

Bamboo has a slightly lower thermal insulation capacity than wood.

Compressive Strength (MPa)

Depending on the bamboo species, the compression strength is between 40 and 80 N/mm2. This is higher than wood, brick, or concrete. This varies depending on the panel.

Design Specifications

Prefabricated engineered bamboo panels come in various sizes and shapes. The bamboo products are available as glue-laminated panels, composites, particle board, fibre board and mat board. The process to make each type vary slightly, and so do their mechanical properties.

Technical Support

Technical support would be provided by the manufacturer, distributor, or a general contractor.

Replacement Components

Depends on the type of panel. In some, bamboo strips could be replaced or patched with filling. The complete panel could be replaced if needed.

Lifecycle

Varies depending on type of panel and chemical treatment.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Prefabricated engineered bamboo panels offer good mechanical properties, accessibility, sustainability, and versatility.

Safety

Workers are subject to the general risks of working from heights and with tools.

Complementary Technical Systems

None.

Academic Research and References

Santos, H. F. A., 2015, Thermo-hydro-mechanically modified cross-laminated Guadua-bamboo panels, University of Bath.

Wang, J. S., Demartino, C., Xiao, Y., & Li, Y. Y., 2018, Thermal insulation performance of bamboo-and wood-based shear walls in light-frame buildings, Energy and Buildings, 168, 167-179.

Puri, V.,Chakrabortty, P., 2017, Behavior of Sustainable Prefabricated Bamboo Reinforced Wall Panels Under Concentrated Load, International Conference on Sustainable Insfrastructure.

Shen-xue, J., Qi-sheng, Z. Shu-hai, J., 2002, On Structure, production, and market of bamboo-based panels in China, Journal of Forestry Research. 13(2):151-156

Mena, J., Vera, S., Correal, J. F., & Lopez, M., 2012, Assessment of fire reaction and fire resistance of Guadua angustifolia kunth bamboo, Construction and Building Materials, 27(1), 60-65.

Compliance with regulations

It depends on the specific panel. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has a code (ISO 22156) for Bamboo Structural Design, including bamboo panels.

Other Information

The bamboo must be engineered to extend its life expectancy. Untreated bamboo has an average durability of less than two years.

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