BAMBOO RESEARCH GROUP (BRG)
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY DELHI

DEVELOPMENT OF ENGINEERED BAMBOO STRUCTURES
TECHNOLOGY FOR MODULAR RURAL HOUSING TOWARDS
SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
(SERB IMPRINT-2 SCHEME)




IITD-Trinity collaboration in bamboo

National Agricultural Innovation Project
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ADVANTAGES OF BAMBOO
  • Competitive strength to mass ratio.
  • Drawback is susceptibility to termite attack.
  • Suitable for treatment.


        


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PROPOSED PRIMARY SCHOOL AND HEALTHCARE CENTRE BUILDING
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Light battened bamboo structure for light load
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Lightly loaded temporary bamboo struct exp.
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Specimen of Bamcrete beams & column
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under load deflected hexagon frame
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Properly tightened end shown bending
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PORTAL UNDER COMBINED Load Application MECHANISM



This project envisages the mass utilization of bamboo coupled with the knowledge of structural engineering to devise an affordable house suitable for both urban and rural needs. Every ton of concrete or steel produced is accompanied by several tons of carbon dioxide and other pollutants released into the atmosphere. With the depletion of forests, timber is no longer a candidate building material. Bamboo, on the other hand, has could be a viable material for construction. It is one of the fastest growing grasses and grows to mature level within four years (against several decades in the case of structural timber). It offers competitive performance as compared to concrete and steel in terms of strength to weight ratio. Dr. Bhalla's team has developed the design and elemental characterization of a six metre diameter dismountable eco-friendly multipurpose geodesic dome and the pre-engineered rural cowshed. Available principles of structural engineering design for conventional materials (steel/ concrete) have been suitably adapted for the design using bamboo. In addition, high capacity composite flexural and compression members have also been fabricated using the concept of FRBC, developed as part of Er Bhagat’s doctoral thesis, with a plane frame already tested at Trinity College, Dublin, Irelend, in collaboration with Prof. Roger West. The project specifically aims to take these technologies tofield in the form of definitive product and related technologies.








Working Bamboo structs.

Bamcrete Columns

Light battened bamboo structure for light load

Timber column used in timber building

Lightly loaded temporary bamboo

Internal struct image

Portal Undert Combined Machanism

Portal fabrication sequence

Instrumentaton detailed Diagram


PERSONNEL



Dr. Suresh Bhalla
Professor
Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi
Principal Investigator
E-mail: sbhalla@civil.iitd.ac.in

Areas of Interest:

Structural health monitoring, Smart materials and structures, Non-destructive evaluation, Tensegrity structures, Experimental structural identification, Adaptation and transfer of aerospace technologies to civil engineering, Bio-mechanics.

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Dr. Sumit Balguvhar
Senior Project Scientist
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110 016
E-mail: ersumitest@gmail.com
Mr. Himanshu Kashyap
IIT Delhi Staff
E-mail: hmkashyap321@gmail.com



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