Bamboo building has actually typically been rather uncomplicated: Whole stalks are made use of to develop latticed buildings, or woven in strips to form wall-sized screens. The result can be spectacular, as well as useful in parts of the world where bamboo grows.Scientists in Gibson's laboratory have actually gathered bamboo samples of different densities to examine bamboo's microstructure. Credit: Jennifer Chu/MIT
MIT researchers, together with designers and wood processors from England and Canada, are trying to find methods to turn bamboo into a building product more comparable to wood composites, like plywood. The concept is that a stalk, or culm, can be sliced into smaller sized pieces, which can then be bonded together to form tough blocks-- just like traditional wood composites.