I’ve Heard Bamboo is the Strongest Woody Plant on Earth – Is this True?

Posted on: March 28th, 2013

When a pro-cycler raced on a bike made of bamboo a few years ago, Newsweek magazine said this was one early sign that “bamboo may be the most useful raw material ever to be overlooked.”

They went on to celebrate bamboo’s entrée into Western architecture: “As the world goes green, however, bamboo’s essential qualities are beginning to win converts. Environmental organizations are promoting its use as a building material, architects are putting it into green homes, and makers of flooring, furniture and now bikes are quietly setting up their industries for a bamboo revolution,” they wrote.

All of this has to do with bamboo’s incredible strength, for which we have some comparisons.

*Bamboo: Steel
Bamboo has greater tensile strength (or resistance to being pulled apart) than steel

*Bamboo: Concrete
Bamboo withstands compression better than concrete.

*Bamboo: Wood
Unlike wood, bamboo has no rays or knots, allowing it to withstand more stress throughout the length of each stalk.

Bamboo can take up to 52,000 pounds of pressure per square inch, which is pretty amazing for a type of grass. It also has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than graphite. And why does this matter? Because when you’re choosing a building material for a structural support, bamboo should not be passed over as merely a decorative element.

amaZulu, Inc. has hand selected manufacturers who produce the eco-friendly, high quality natural architectural materials to present a dynamic list of options when considering the environment. amaZulu, Inc. is the preferred source for architectural theming materials, including thatch panels, bamboo and eucalyptus poles, decorative wall and ceiling coverings, natural screens and woven boards, rustic fencing, thatch umbrellas and synthetic tile roofing.

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