Timber Structures

lgciv2043  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Timber Structures
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
4 credits
20.0 h + 15.0 h

Very good knowledge in the following fields:
  • Behaviour of structural materials, as taught in course LGCIV1031;
  • Resistance of materials and mechanics of structures, as taught in the course LGCIV1022;
  • Stability of constructions, as taught in course LGCIV1023;
Main themes
See chapter "Content" hereunder

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3, AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.3, AA2.4
At the end of this course, the students must be able to:
  • Choose the timber material knowingly, according to its advantages, disadvantages, and specificities of structural design;
  • Design the structural elements subjected to all the combinations of loads (N, M, V, T) by applying the rules of the EC5;
  • Design and calculate simple carrier systems;
  • Design and calculate simple connections;
  • Integrate the fire problem in the design
Part 1: The wood material
Chapter 1: Trees, the forest, the context of wood production
Chapter 2: A Brief History of Wood Construction
Chapter 3: Advantages and disadvantages of wood in construction
Chapter 4: Wood Anatomy
Chapter 5: Wood, Temperature and Water
Chapter 6: Wood Durability: Preservation, Finishing, Design
Chapter 7: Mechanical properties of wood
Part 2: ELU and ELS design criteria
Chapter 8: Structural elements in solid timber
Chapter 9: Structural elements in glue-laminated timber
Chapter 10: Actions, cases of charges, combinations of (cases of) charges
Chapter 11: Design criteria defined by EC5
Chapter 12: Resistance in section: design criterion ELU
Chapter 13: Integration of Buckling into the design criteria
Chapter 14: Integration of the lateral torsional buckling into the design criteria
Chapter 15: Curved elements in BLC
Chapter 16: Variable Inertia Beams
Part 3: Building systems
Chapter 17: Structural elements derived from wood
Chapter 18: Building Systems
Chapter 19: Trusses
Chapter 20: Cable beams
Chapter 21: Continuous beams, cantilever beams
Chapter 22: Arches
Chapter 23: Frames
Chapter 24: Other building systems
Chapter 25: Wind bracing
Part 4: Design and calculation of timber connections
Chapter 26: General
Chapter 27: Traditional Assemblies (Timber to Timber)
Chapter 28: Metal Rods and Connectors
Chapter 29: Johansen Theory, design according to EC5
Chapter 30: Bolted Assemblies
Chapter 31: Broached, Nailed and Screwed Assemblies
Chapter 32: Rigidity of assemblies, ELS calculations
Part 5: Timber and fire
Chapter 33: General and Belgian regulations
Chapter 34: Calculation of REI aspects according to EC5 (part 1.2)
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Lectures for the volume 1. Tutotials for the volume 2.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Exam of about an hour, about the theoretical concepts of the course (PART I) + exam of about 3 hours with practical problems to solve (PART II). For the PART II exam, students can only have a personal handwritten summary on a single, double-sided A4 sheet.
The success of both parties is required. If one of the two parties is in failure, the resulting score will be the minimum between the average score and 9/20.
An eliminatory question on very basic aspects of the course can be provided at the beginning of the exam. The final score will be 0/20 if this eliminatory question is not successful.
Online resources
Available on Moodle
  • Transparents du cours et syllabus d'exercices résolus, téléchargeables sur http://www.issd.be/CoursLatteur.html;
  • Syllabus conseillé : Dimensionnement et technologie des structures en bois, introduction à l'EC5, volumes 1 et 2, janvier 2014, Faculté Polytechnique de Mons ;
  • Livre suggéré : Traité de Génie Civil de l'Ecole polytechnique de Lausanne : volume 12.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Architecture and Engineering

Master [120] in Civil Engineering