Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Bhanva cms

Contact details

Room: 4ES 5.11
Tel: 01225 386650

Structural bamboo project

PhD supervision

Bhavna is open to proposals for student research projects

Dr Bhavna Sharma

MA, MSc, PhD

Dr Bhavna Sharma joined the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering as a Lecturer in 2015. Prior to joining the Department, she was a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.


Bhavna is interested in the use of sustainable construction materials in design and engineering. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate and develop natural materials, such as bamboo, for structural use. Areas of research include structural and small scale experimental testing, modelling and design.

Through a multi-scale approach, her research forms the basis for non-conventional materials to be utilised and accepted in design and engineering practice.


  • BS Architecture
  • MA Architectural History
  • MSc Structural Engineering
  • PhD Structural Engineering



Sharma, B. and Harries, K. A., eds., 2016. Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials:Characterisation, Properties and Applications. Woodhead Publishing.


Ramage, M. H., Sharma, B., Shah, D. and Reynolds, T., 2017. Thermal relaxation of laminated bamboo for folded shells. Materials & Design, 132 (2017), pp. 582-589.

Sharma, B., Bauer, H., Schickhofer, G. and Ramage, M. H., 2017. Mechanical characterisation of structural laminated bamboo. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Structures and Buildings, 170 (4), pp. 250-264.

Reynolds, T., Sharma, B., Harries, K. A. and Ramage, M. H., 2016. Dowelled structural connections in laminated bamboo and timber. Composites Part B - Engineering, 90, pp. 232-240.

Liu, X., Smith, G. D., Jiang, Z., Bock, M. C. D., Boeck, F., Frith, O., Gatóo, A., Liu, K., Mulligan, H., Semple, K. E., Sharma, B. and Ramage, M., 2016. Nomenclature for engineered bamboo. BioResources, 11 (1), pp. 1141-1161.

Sharma, B., Gatóo, A. and Ramage, M. H., 2015. Effect of processing methods on the mechanical properties of engineered bamboo. Construction and Building Materials, 83, pp. 95-101.

Sharma, B., Gatóo, A., Bock, M. and Ramage, M., 2015. Engineered bamboo for structural applications. Construction and Building Materials, 81, pp. 66-73.

Sharma, B., Gatoo, A., Bock, M., Mulligan, H. and Ramage, M., 2015. Engineered bamboo:state of the art. Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Construction Materials, 168 (2), pp. 57-67.

Gatóo, A., Sharma, B., Bock, M., Mulligan, H. and Ramage, M. H., 2014. Sustainable structures:Bamboo standards and building codes. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability, 167 (5), pp. 189-196.

Sharma, B., Harries, K. A. and Ghavami, K., 2013. Methods of determining transverse mechanical properties of full-culm bamboo. Construction and Building Materials, 38, pp. 627-637.

Sharma, B. and Harries, K. A., 2012. Effect of fiber gradation on the edge bearing strength of bamboo culms. Key Engineering Materials, 517, pp. 63-70.

Harries, K. A., Sharma, B. and Richard, M., 2012. Structural use of full culm bamboo:the path to standardization. International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 1 (2), pp. 66-75.

Sharma, B., Mitch, D., Harries, K. A., Ghavami, K. and Kharel, G., 2011. Pushover behaviour of bamboo portal frame structure. International Wood Products Journal, 2 (1), pp. 20-28.

Mitch, D., Harries, K. A. and Sharma, B., 2011. Erratum for "Characterization of Splitting Behavior of Bamboo Culms" by Derek Mitch, Kent A. Harries, and Bhavna Sharma. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 23 (3), p. 350.

Mitch, D., Harries, K. A. and Sharma, B., 2010. Characterization of splitting behavior of bamboo culms. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 22 (11), pp. 1195-1199.

Conference or Workshop Items

Bukauskas, A., Shepherd, P., Walker, P., Sharma, B. and Bregula, J., 2017. Form-Fitting Strategies for Diversity-Tolerant Design. In: IASS Annual Symposium 2017, 2017-09-25 - 2017-09-27.

Sharma, B. and Orr, J., 2016. Improving the sustainability of concrete. In: Advances in Concrete Technology, Materials & Contruction Practices (CTMC), 2016-06-24 - 2016-06-26, Goa Engineering College, Farmagudi.

Shah, D., Sharma, B. and Ramage, M. H., 2016. Processing bamboo for structural composites:influence of preservative treatments on surface and interface properties. In: ECCM17 - 17th European Conference on Composite Materials, 2016-06-26 - 2016-06-30.

Sharma, B., Gatóo, A. and Ramage, M., 2015. Natural fibre composites:Engineered bamboo for construction. In: 7th Biennial Conference on Advanced Composites In Construction, ACIC 2015, 2015-09-09 - 2015-09-11. NetComposites Limited, pp. 41-46.

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