Volume No. 3 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 362-370 Oct-Dec 2008

 

BAMBOO AS GREEN ALTERNATIVE TO CONCRETE AND STEEL FOR MODERN STRUCTURES

 

Suresh Bhalla*, Supratic Gupta1, Puttagunta Sudhakar2 and Rupali Suresh3

1. Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016, (INDIA)
2. Centre for Rural Development and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, (INDIA)
3. Sri Venkateswara College, South Campus, Dhoula Kuan, New Delhi-110067, (INDIA)

 

Received on : June 28, 2008

 

ABSTRACT

 

This paper presents the possible replacement of concrete and steel, production of every ton of which releases several tons of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, by eco-friendly bamboo as a modern engineering construction material. In fact, growth of every ton of bamboo consumes nearly a ton of carbon dioxide besides releasing fresh oxygen into the atmosphere. In this paper, through structural analysis and design principles, it is demonstrated as to how modern engineered structures can be a real possibility using bamboo. A detailed structural analysis and design of a typical bamboo shed structure is presented in accordance with the Indian standard codes of practice. The columns are designed as battened columns with concrete bands as the ties. The roof is designed as a bamboo parabolic tied arch resting on the battened

 

Keywords : Bamboo;, Concrete, Steel, Eco-friendly, Shed structure.

 

 

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