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Monday, March 20 2023

Students discover bamboo can replace use of iron in RCC roofing

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Mysuru: Students of Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE) have successfully conducted a new research to show that bamboo can be used instead of iron to build houses and this will help reduce the cost of construction.

Nishanth, Karthik M. M. P., Mahendra Halandage, H. R. Chirag, the four talented students from the Civil Engineering Department of the VVCE have invented this innovative and practically successful use of locally available bamboo instead of iron.

The building can be constructed in any part of the country, by using bamboo and the technology is best suited for a one-storey building.

About 2.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide is added to the environment to produce one ton of iron. Students have discovered that slabs made of bamboo are so hard that they are able to withstand about 700 kg weight. Instead of using iron rods to the ceiling slabs bamboos can be used for RCC. Horizontal and perpendicular, have proven to be effective in sustaining weight.

The Karnataka State Science and Technology Committee considered this, the year’s students’ best invention of the year, and students have applied for patent.

Commenting on student discovery, project mentor Dr. P. K. Umesh said that more than 250 colleges have sent their invention to the State Science and Technology Committee, which was lauded by the committee and awards and certificates have been sent to students.

Middle class income people are suffering a lot owing to the increasing of cost of construction of house. The iron was Rs. 49000 per tonne in 2020, and has gone up to 72000. If the people can use bamboo for single-storey building a lot of expenses for construction can be curtailed.

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