Frontiers in Biomaterials

Frontiers in Biomaterials

Volume: 6

Bio-Inspired Materials

Nature has provided opportunities for scientists to observe patterns in biomaterials which can be imitated when designing construction materials. Materials designed with natural elements can be ...
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Bio-inspired Design with Bamboo

Pp. 127-159 (33)

Normando Perazzo Barbosa, José Augusto Gomes Neto, Sandra Reyes Ortiz and Khosrow Ghavami


This chapter intends to present general information about bamboo; the fast growing grass with excellent mechanical properties. The potential of this material for Architecture and Construction is discussed. Information concerning how to obtain the plant and select appropriate culms/stems, to be employed for building is explored. Physical properties as revealed through research in Brazil are also presented. As for bamboo’s mechanical properties; compressive, tensile, and shear strength parallel to the fibers are presented along with numerical values for various species. Specific applications for bamboo, such as concrete reinforcement are also presented. And finally, the potential of bamboo vessel impregnation with polymeric resins is described.


Bamboo, Mechanical Properties, Polymeric Resin, Impregnation.


Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa-PB, Brazil.