PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF <em>GIGANTOCHLOA</em> <em>SCORTECHINII</em> BAMBOO SPLITS AND STRIPS
Keywords:Physical and mechanical properties, Gigantochloa scortechinii, splits, strips
The results of the physical studies of 4-year-old bamboo splits and strips indicated that within the culm wall, the moisture content decreased from the interior outwaYds while its relative density increased. Ver tically, the moisture content decreased with height while the relative density increased. Bamboo strips shrank inure in both radial and tangential directions compared with splits and outer splits. The mean value of the modulus of rupture (MOR) for the bamboo strips ( I 79.6 Nmm-2) showed no significant difference with splits (periphery positioned upward, 158.3 Nmm-2) but a significant difference was observed when compared with the periphery positioned downwards (134.2 Nmm-2) . The average value of the compressi run parallel to grain for splits (85.1 Nmm-2) was higher than that for strips (73 Nmm-2) but was not statistically significantly different (p < 0.05) .