Course Syllabus for

Timber Engineering

VBK010F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Spring 2017
Decided by: Cintia Bertacchi Uvo
Date of establishment: 2017-09-05

General Information

Division: Structural Engineering
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


Timber Engineering is the discipline, art, skill and profession of acquiring and applying scientific principles and practical knowledge to analyse, develop and design timber structures that support or resist loads. It deals with structural components, joints and systems based on both solid timber and engineered wood products. The objectives of the course are to provide an understanding of: - Mechanical and physical properties of wood and wood based products, - Design and modelling principles of timber members, joints, timber structures and timber based hybrid structures


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course content will cover the following main areas: Wood as an engineering material Engineered wood products - Design and modelling of timber members and structural systems - Conceptual design (choice of structural system) - Design and modelling of joints - Stability and bracing of timber structures - Earthquake engineering applied to timber structures - Forensic engineering applied to timber structures - Hybrid timber-based structures

Course Literature

Thelandersson, S. & Larsen H.J., Ed.: Timber Engineering. Wiley & Sons, 2003. ISBN 0470844698.
The course literature consists of the book "Timber Engineering", lecture material plus additional literature (scientific papers) provided by the teachers.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, laboratory exercises, project, study visit

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written assignments. home exam Project task in Groups of 2-4 PhD-students examiners: Roberto Crocetti and Erik Serrano
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Recommended basis for the course is an academic degree in civil engineering or building technology. General knowledge about structural engineering including basic knowledge about design of timber structures is required. The course should be of interest for graduate students, teachers and researchers in structural engineering and architecture and for practicing structural engineers and architects who would like to specialise in timber structures.
Assumed prior knowledge: Förkunskapskraven för kursen är en examen inom väg- och vattenbyggnad, samhällsbyggnad eller motsvarande. Baskunskaper om konstruktionsteknik inklusive baskunskaper om dimensionering av träkonstruktioner krävs. .
Selection criteria: no

Further Information

The course is part of the graduate school at the "Swedish Universities of the Built Environment" and is given every four year. Contact persons are Eva Frühwald Hansson and Roberto Crocetti (Division of Structural Engineering) and Erik Serrano (Division of Structural Mechanics).

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