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Bamboo Plywood

Bamboo plywood is a wood-based material. It has a moderately high ductility and a moderately high thermal conductivity relative to other wood-based materials. The graph bars on the material properties cards below compare bamboo plywood to other wood-based materials (top) and the entire database (bottom).

Mechanical Properties

Compressive (Crushing) Strength

80 MPa 12 x 103 psi

Elastic (Young's, Tensile) Modulus

18 GPa 2.6 x 106 psi

Elongation at Break

3.0 %

Poisson's Ratio

0.39

Shear Modulus

1.3 GPa 0.19 x 106 psi

Tensile Strength: Ultimate (UTS)

40 MPa 5.8 x 103 psi

Thermal Properties

Specific Heat Capacity

1680 J/kg-K 0.4 BTU/lb-°F

Thermal Conductivity

0.17 W/m-K 0.1 BTU/h-ft-°F

Thermal Expansion

4.0 µm/m-K

Other Material Properties

Density

0.7 g/cm3 44 lb/ft3

Dielectric Strength (Breakdown Potential)

0.5 kV/mm 0.020 V/mil

Common Calculations

Stiffness to Weight: Axial

14 points

Stiffness to Weight: Bending

120 points

Strength to Weight: Axial

16 points

Strength to Weight: Bending

37 points

Thermal Diffusivity

0.14 m2/s

Thermal Shock Resistance

40 points

Followup Questions

Further Reading

Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material, Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, 1999