Design of Timber Structures 7.5 credits

Second cycle, W7008T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Mats Näsström 15 Feb 2017

Last revised
by Niklas Lehto 14 Feb 2020

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Wood Technology
Subject group (SCB)
Wood Physics and Wood Technology
Main field of study
Wood Technology

Entry requirements

The course requires skills corresponding to W0009T Wood manufacturing, process and material optimization and W0010T Wood material science, anatomy and mechanical characteristics.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The course will give students broader knowledge in wood design.

Learning outcomes: The student is given the opportunity to deepen their understanding regarding wood-based designs as well as training in independently perform calculations and simulations using FEM, finite-element method.
With wood-based constructions means components and structures composed mainly of wood example glulam, CLT-wood, building and joinery products.

The student will also be trained in report writing and oral presentation skills.

See the course's Study for a more detailed description of the course objectives and course content.

The student should be in this course to deepen their knowledge of how to construct with wood, the research topic Wood Technology.

The course is divided into two parts, theory and assignment as follows:

• Theoretical Foundations: Includes the construction techniques of wood-based products such as glulam, CLT, building components, building and joinery products. Introduction to the finite-element simulation method, FEM.

 • Assignment: You apply the theoretical foundations on given construction tasks. Provides training in conducting a design project regarding calculations and simulation skills, as well as further training in oral presentation techniques and report writing.

• See the study guide for a more detailed description of the course content regarding theoretical learning and implementation.

It should be noted that deviation from plan can be made, but only after consultation with the examiner and the subject representative.


The teaching is based on self-study with individual supervision, where the progress regarding learning outcomes is regularly monitored and evaluated together with the supervisor.

For a detailed description of the structure see the study guide that contains the following:
• Definition of the theoretical topics and learning outcomes
• Implementation plan including time schedule, suggested exercises and assignments
• Assessment Plan including the performance requirements and time frames.



Passed laboratory work / assignments 2,5hp
Oral or written exam, depending on the number of participants on the course. 5,0HP
See the course's study guide for a more detailed description of the course structure and schedule. Alternative forms of examination may occur.

Examination can be a maximum of three years after course registration.
Grading: U, 3, 4, 5

Sven Berg

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Design of timber structures, part 1, 2, 3 (2015)
Published by the Swedish Wood, PO Box 55525, 10204 Stockholm

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written ExamG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryS18
0002Assignment ReportU G#2.50MandatoryS18

Study guidance
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