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Unit information: Timber Engineering 4 in 2018/19

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Unit name Timber Engineering 4
Unit code CENGM0053
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Norman
Open unit status Not open

CENG31400 – Structural Engineering 3
CENG26000 – Civil Engineering Design 2


CENGM2400 – Structural Engineering 4

School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Aims: To provide students with an appreciation of timber as a structural material and to give students the necessary skills to design timber structures out of a variety of different timber products from simple sawn timber to the latest engineered timber products. Students will also develop an appreciation for the historical development of timber structures and review existing buildings.

Timber has been a popular structural material since people started making shelters. Over the last decade timber has seen some significant innovations and is now used in a wide variety of applications including schools, houses and recently high rise construction. This module will look at the use of timber as a structural material. It will consider how to design timber elements and connections for a variety of effects including stress, deflection and vibration. The unit will include cutting edge research on modern methods of timber construction and how it is being applied to building projects. This module will also look at the historical use of timber and will look at the repair and strengthening of existing timber structures.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will;

1. have an appreciation of the material properties of timber and how they differ from steel and concrete and especially consideration of its anisotropic nature,

2. have an appreciation for why timber is sustainable and how this can be measured and authenticated,

3. demonstrate an awareness of the different manufacturing process’s used in timber and how this affects the behaviour of the timber,

4. Have an ability to design structural elements and connections out of a variety of timber products including sawn timber, glulam and CLT,

5. have an appreciation of the design process from conception to construction and the ability to participate in this process through a design project,

6. Recognise the importance of durability of timber structures, especially in the context of environmental effects such as climate change, and the means by which such durability can be cost effectively maximised.

Teaching details

Lectures (16 hours), examples sheets, example classes (6 hours) and guided reading.

Assessment Details

Design Project 100%

Reading and References

Timber – Manual for the Design of Timber Building Structures to Eurocode 5, Harris R. et al, IStructE, 2007

Timber Engineering Step 1: Basis of design, material properties, structural components and joints, Blass H. G. Almere : Centrum Hout, 1995

Timber Engineering Step 2: Design : details and structural systems, Blass H. G. Almere : Centrum Hout, 1995

Structural Timber Elements: A Pre-Scheme Design Guide, Norman J., BM TRADA group, 2016.

Designers’ Guide to Eurocode 5: Design of Timber Buildings: EN 1995-1-1, Porteous A. and Ross P., Thomas Telford Publishing 2013.