Anatomical, Physical, and Mechanical Properties of Thirteen Malaysian Bamboo species

Nordahlia Abdullah Siam, Mohd Khairun Anwar Uyup, Hamdan Husain, Abd Latif Mohmod, Mohd Fahmi Awalludin


The anatomical, physical, and mechanical properties of 13 Malaysian bamboos and the trend of these properties along the bamboo culms’ height were examined. The results showed that these properties varied between the 13 species and they were also affected by the culm height. From the results obtained, the fibre morphology, as well as radial, longitudinal, and tangential shrinkage from green to oven-dry decreased from the basal to the top of the bamboo culm. In contrast, the opposite trend was observed for the density, modulus of rupture, modulus of elasticity, and percentage of the vascular bundle. The potential usage of 13 bamboo species is also considered.


Anatomical properties; Physical properties; Strength properties; Malaysian bamboo

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