Can Bamboo replace iron in construction in future| Karnataka | SURFACES REPORTER Research News Update

Bamboo Is on e of the most versatile material with a tensile strength equivalent to steel. Proving it once again, few students of a Karnataka Engineering college have showcased how bamboo can replace iron in construction of house. A report by SURFACES REPORTER (SR).

Bamboo instead of iron

According to research, about 2.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide is released into the air to produce one ton of iron. Instead, bamboo which is a natural material, can be easily produced in higher quantities. Keeping the same in mind, students of Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE) have successfully experimented how bamboo can replace iron in construction of houses.

Nishanth, Karthik MMP, Mahendra Halandage and H R Chirag, along with their mentor Dr P K Umesh from the Civil Engineering Department came out with this innovative and practically successful use of locally available bamboo instead of iron. Bamboo building can be constructed in any part of the country and the technology is best suited for a one-storey building.

Students have discovered that slabs made of bamboo were so hard that they were able to withstand about 700 kg weight. Instead of using steel in the ceiling slab bamboo can be used for RCC. Horizontal and perpendicular, bamboo proved to be effective in sustaining weight.

 The Karnataka State Science and Technology Committee has recognised this as the best invention of the year and students have applied for patent. Commenting on student's discovery, project mentor Dr P K Umesh said that while more than 250 colleges sent their inventions to the State Science and Technology Committee, his students' effort was crowned with success.

Text credit: The Hans India

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