Connection Confinement of Bolted Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Bamboo Composite

Joel Kennaway, Ali Rajabipour, Dongsheng Huang, Milad Bazli, Siyuan Tang, Junkai Wang, Hayden Zanker, Fangming Su

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    Parallel strand bamboo is a composite material that demonstrates high strength and low variability compared to other timber materials. However, its use in bolted connections is limited by a tendency to fail in shear-out mode. One promising technique to prevent failure is the method of confinement, whereby the composite connection is confined laterally, inducing a compressive force perpendicular to the composite fibres, which increases the shear strength in the loading process. This paper investigates the confinement method and its effect on parallel strand bamboo connections’ strength and failure mechanisms through experimental tests and ANSYS simulation methods. It was discovered that bolted connection confinement reduces the propensity of shear-out failure by counteracting shear stresses. A comparison of graphical results revealed that confinement increased the ultimate tensile capacity of parallel strand bamboo bolted connections by up to 26%. Confinement also improved the consistency of the connection’s mechanical properties throughout the loading process. These findings assist in refining and optimising practical applications of parallel strand bamboo connections by using the method of connection confinement.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2051
    Pages (from-to)1-23
    Number of pages23
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - May 2022


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