Bamboo Reinforced Panels for Fence Walls


The building industry uses a lot of steel and emits a lot of carbon, which contributes to global warming and makes it difficult to grow sustainably all over the world. Bamboo has been used as a reinforcement material in a few nations (e.g., Indonesia, China, Malaysia, and India) but only on a small scale. When compared to traditional fence barriers created using materials such as stone, brick, or barbed wire, precast steel reinforced concrete (SRC) panels are currently in high demand due to time savings and simple craftsmanship. Due to increased demand, the preparation of SRC panels has become a cottage business. These panels, on the other hand, are made without regard for any specifications or norms. The goal of this project is to look at how bamboo may be used to build fence walls instead of steel. The M20 mix was used to make thirty (30) bamboo reinforced concrete (BRC) slabs with dimensions of 1000 mm x 300 mm x 50 mm (length: height: thickness). With a pretreatment of coal tar creosote, fifteen (15) slabs were cast with I bambusa balcooa and (ii) bambusa polymorpha species as reinforcement. The slabs were tested with an ultrasonic instrument to determine the quality of the concrete and a universal testing equipment to determine the load versus deflection characteristics. These tests were replicated on precast SRC panels obtained from a local manufacturing unit as a comparison study. The test findings show that the concrete quality in BRC slabs is superior to that of SRC slabs. The load taken by BRC slabs with any kind of species at failure was approximately half that of SRC slabs at failure. The deflection, as well as the fracture width connected with it, followed the same pattern. In compared to SRC panels, BRC slabs are 30 to 35 percent less expensive, according to the cost analysis. As a result, it is advised that BRC slabs be used to construct fence walls and barns, resulting in benefits such as environmental sustainability, increased bamboo species cultivation, and increased rural employment.

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S. Suppiah
Department of Civil Engineering, Periyar Maniammai Institute of Science and Technology Periyar Nagar, Vallam, Thanjavur – 613 403. Tamil Nadu, India.

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