Advanced design of timber structures

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Associate professor Petr KUKLÍK, CTU

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Pert KUKLIK (CTU); Lecturer (UC); Lecturer (UNINA); Lecturer (UPT); Lecturer (ULg); Lecturer (LTU); Lecturer(Associate 1); Lecturer (Associate2).

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The aim of this course is to give students the latest knowledge about the timber structures.To describe the historical development of the use of timber in building and engineering structures and to develop an awareness of significance of timber as a traditional structural material. To focus attention on the essential properties of timber which have to be considered in the design, detailing and construction of timber structures. To develop an understanding of importance of strength grading in process of converting wood, a natural raw material, into timber for structural use. To introduce new high strength wood-based materials. To describe their use and how they can be designed by following the Eurocode 5 principles. To describe the Eurocode principles for safety and serviceability and the bases of design common to all materials, together with the special rules for timber structures necessitated by, for example, the effects of load duration and moisture content. To describe the strength and stiffness of timber members and components at different loading. To give an overview of the different types connections used in timber structures. To give introduction to the design and use of planar and spatial timber structures. To describe the structural behaviour of timber frame house construction. To describe the use of timber in modern bridges. To present calculation methods for structural fire design. To present information about timber under influence of climatic conditions and durability of timber structures.

The course is conceived in order to give students the following skills:

  • Understanding of wood as a cellular and anisotropic material.

  • Understanding the behaviour of different timber structures.

  • Understanding how to calculate the design resistance of timber structures according to Eurocode 5.

  • Understanding how to do the best detailing.

  • Understanding basics of manufacturing and maintenance of different timber structures.

  • Knowledge how to do FE analysis and interpret obtained results.

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