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BYG120 Timber Structures

Course description for academic year 2019/2020

Contents and structure

The course will provide an understanding of the behavior of timber structures, placed in a building context. The course will provide the basis for the design of simple timber structures.


  • Characteristics of wood as structural material
  • Design calculations for axial force, torsion, moments and shear force
  • Buckling effects
  • Special calculation rules for load distribution, stiffening, glue laminated beams, curved beams, composite cross sections, etc.
  • Calculation of displacements
  • Structural design of connections: nails, screws, bolts, timber connections, dowels
  • Selection of load bearing systems
  • Review of relevant "Byggforsk" sheets
  • Fire resistance
  • Cross Laminated Timber
  • Calculations for structural elements using structural analysis and design software.