Bamboo research tours around the UK

Over the last three weeks, PhD Students Mr Mateo Gutierrez and Mr Ian Pope presented their work on the fire performance of bamboo at institutions around the United Kingdom.

On the 28th March, they met Dr Bhavna Sharma and other researchers from the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM) at The University of Bath. Following their presentations, they were given a tour of the different labs, and met with other PhD candidates from the university.

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After Easter, Ian and Mateo visited the Hazelab group on the 4th April, at the Imperial College London. Once again, they presented their work to the Imperial’s fire research group, led by Professor Guillermo Rein, after which they met with Hazelab’s students and staff to share experiences of the diverse research areas being developed at both Imperial and UQ.

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On the 5th and 6th of April 2018, Mateo and Ian visited The BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, where Ian is currently on exchange. Mateo gave a talk on his own research project, before meeting in person with several academics and PhD students to discuss his latest results and analysis about laminated bamboo and timber. The two were also invited to a number of experiments at the Fire Lab.

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Mateo presenting his PhD Research on bamboo at the University of Edinburgh

Finally, on the 10th April 2018, Mateo presented his work entitled: “Design of fire safe bamboo structures” at the 20th Young Researchers’ conference 2018 at the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) in London. This was the first time the conference had participants from countries outside the UK, and Mateo was awarded this opportunity as the winner of the inaugural Australian IStructE Young Researchers’ Conference held in Brisbane in 2017.

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This was a magnificent experience to showcase the work conducted by UQ Fire on the fire performance of bamboo, not only to the fire research community, but also to other researchers and practitioners interested in advancing the use of bamboo as an innovative and sustainable construction material.

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