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Madera y bosques

versión On-line ISSN 2448-7597versión impresa ISSN 1405-0471


ORDONEZ CANDELARIA, Víctor Rubén  y  SALOMON QUINTANA, Ignacio. Geometric considerations for determining static bending properties of the bamboo. Madera bosques [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.1, pp.91-100. ISSN 2448-7597.

In this paper an alternative method to evaluate the geometric properties of the cross section of bamboo culms is presented, which are necessary to obtain the mechanical properties of this material subjected to bending tests. The standard test methods recommend calculating the second moment of area for a cross section of bamboo culms with the average diameter of the specimen, measuring two cross sections near of load points. But the section irregularities of culms yield errors of up to 10%. In this paper a procedure is presented to make a numerical integration using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Basically the procedure proposes to obtain a scanned image of the cross sectional area and then to digitalize it for use with the CAD software and carry out the numerical integration to get the moment of inertia. Using this method the errors are reduced to around 0,011%. Another possible source of error is analyzed when the MOE is calculated using the deflection values measured at mid-span, instead of the maximum value which occurs outside of this point.

Palabras llave : Culms; modulus of elasticity; modulus of rupture; second moment of area; static bending.

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