Finite Element Analysis of Moso Bamboo-Reinforced Southern Pine Osb Composite Beams


  • Xuesong Bai
  • Andy W. C. Lee
  • Lonny L. Thompson
  • David V. Rosowsky


Finite element analysis, experimental bending test, bamboo-OSB composite beam, flexural behavior, stress distributions


A finite element (FE) analysis was performed to investigate the flexural properties of a structural composite lumber—Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys pubescens) reinforced southern pine oriented strand-board (OSB). Parametric analyses were conducted to investigate the stress and displacement distributions. Various beam configurations as affected by glue, web structure, flange composition, and bamboo-OSB combination were considered. The comparison of the numerical results from the selected models with those from bending tests was also performed. Finally, a rational design criterion for this type of composite beam was proposed based on the analytical and experimental studies. Bamboo is capable of improving the flexural properties of the OSB for use as a structural beam or joist. At a given cross section of about 30 X 140 mm, for instance, two-layer (6.4-mm thickness each) laminated bamboo flange can increase the OSB beam's maximum bending stress by 60 to 70% and double its stiffness. The total flange thickness, rather than the thickness of each layer, controls the beam deflection while the flange with a thinner layer (3.2 mm) resulted in higher bending, vertical, and transverse stresses but lower in-plane shear stress. More reinforcing material in the composite beam could reduce the maximum bending stress but would likely increase beam weight and processing cost. From this study, it is suggested that a two-layer flanged composite beam would be favorable from a material processing standpoint as well as superior in engineering performance over other configurations of bamboo-OSB composite beam product.


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