Prefabricated Engineered Bamboo Panels
Prefabricated engineered bamboo panels are a construction system based on treated (“engineered”) bamboo used in composite panels to create homogeneous products. The panels can be classified as veneers, stripboard, matboards, fibreboards, particle boards, medium density boards, or the combination of these.
The prefabricated engineered bamboo panels can be laminated bamboo glued together, composites made with chips and slivers and added material (similar to plywood), particle board, fibre 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.
Wood panels are the main competitor.
Any person, community, or organization who wants to construct a structure out of prefabricated panels of bamboo.
The panels are produced in a facility and then delivered to the construction site, where they are assembled.
Users obtain the product directly from the manufacturer or through a general contractor.
An average of the maximum compressive strength a typical structure could withstand with this building material. Units: σ (N/mm2)
An average of the maximum loads/forces perpendicular to the compressive forces that a typical structure could withstand with this building material. Units: σ (N/mm2)
A seismic design category expresses an area’s likelihood of experiencing damaging effects of an earthquake (A(low), B, C, D0, D1, D2, E(high)). This parameter denotes the highest acceptable SDC for the material.
Climatic zones appropriate for construction based on a material’s availability/feasibility in each climatic zone.
R value associated with material/product
Varies depending on the type of panel.
Technical support would be provided by the manufacturer, distributor, or a general contractor.
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.
Varies depending on type of panel and chemical treatment.
Academic institutions have performed numerous calculations and tests to analyze strength properties and suitability for construction of various types of panels,
Workers are subject to the general risks of working from heights and with tools.
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Zhou, Q., She, L. Xiao, Y. Shan, B., et. al. Fire-resistance simulation and test of prefabricated bamboo house. Journal of Building Structures. 2011;(07)
Tests done on wood-based panels (such as ASTM D1037) can be applied to bamboo panels.
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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