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Development of the Bamboo Test Kit-in-a-Backpack

Glucksman, Rebecca (2016) Development of the Bamboo Test Kit-in-a-Backpack. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This thesis documents the fabrication and use of the ‘Bamboo Test-Kit-in-a-Backpack’. The ‘kit’
is intended for rapid in-the-field assessment of bamboo material properties. Presently the kit
supports full-culm compression, longitudinal shear (‘bowtie’ test), edge bearing, and culm
flexural tests. Additionally, it could be further adapted for pin shear tests and a number of small
clear specimen tests. The thesis documents proof of concept and validation testing ensuring that
results from the test kit are comparable to those of a standard testing machine. A key objective of
this work is to endure that tests and sample preparation are practical and simple to conduct on a
remote construction site. One critical issue of test specimen tolerance – permitted out-of-squareness
of specimen ends is also addressed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Glucksman, Rebeccarlg74@pitt.eduRLG74
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee MemberTrujillo,
Committee MemberNettleship,
Committee ChairHarries,
Date: 14 December 2016
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 10 December 2015
Approval Date: 14 December 2016
Submission Date: 18 December 2015
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 64
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BSE - Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: bamboo, field test, standardization, global housing problem, test methods, test kit, end squareness
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 16:36
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 06:15


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