Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Mena J., Vera S., Correa J.F. and Lopez M. (2012)

Assessment of fire reaction and fire resistance of guadua angustifolia kunth bamboo. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2011.08.028

Revista : Construction and Building Materials
Volumen : 27
Número : 1
Páginas : 60-65
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


The main challenge for construction industry today is sustainability. Bamboo has properties that make it sustainable, but its fire behavior remains unknown. This paper presents an exploratory research on fire behavior of Guadua angustifolia kunth (a.k.) bamboo. Fire reaction was assessed through critical heat flux for ignition and flame spread while fire resistance through charring rate and strength variation with temperature. Fire reaction fall within standard limits used for structural woods, while fire resistance results are higher than that of plywood. Based on these preliminary results, Guadua a.k. would be adequate as structural and indoor finishing building material.