Timber Engineering

Course credits: 7.5 ECTS


The objectives of the course are to provide an understanding of:
  • Mechanical and physical properties of wood and wood based products:
  • Design and modelling of:
  • timber members 
  • joints
  • timber structures
  • timber based hybrid structures 

Content and Objectives

Timber Engineering is the discipline, art, skill and profession of acquiring and applying scientific principles and practical knowledge to analyse, develop and design timber structures that support or resist loads. It deals with structural components, joints and systems based on both solid timber and engineered wood products. The course content will cover the following main areas:
  • Wood as an engineering material (stiffness, strength, fracture, duration of load, mechano-sorption)
  • Engineered wood products (glulam, LVL, CLT, OSB, etc.)
  • Design and modelling of timber members and structural systems (frames, arches, trusses, plates, shells, stress-ribbon, shear walls, etc.)
  • Conceptual design (choice of structural system)
  • Design and modelling of joints (dowel-type joints, adhesive joints, self-tapping screws, bonded-in rods)
  • Stability and bracing of timber structures 
  • Earthquake engineering applied to timber structures 
  • Forensic engineering applied to timber structures 
  • Local reinforcement of timber structures 
  • Hybrid timber-based structures (timber-concrete, timber-steel, timber-glass, etc.)


Recommended basis for the course is an academic degree in civil engineering or building technology. General knowledge about structural engineering including basic knowledge about design of timber structures is required. The course should be of interest for
  • Graduate students, teachers and researchers in structural engineering, and architecture
  • Practicing structural engineers and architects, wanting to specialise in timber structures.

Course plan

The course will be given in concentrated blocks with lectures, exercises and laboratory demonstrations. All lectures and other presentations are given in English. Apart from the scheduled teaching, the participants are expected to do independent home work in the form of analytical problem solving and written seminar papers.

The course venue is Lund University, School of Civil Engineering, John Ericssons väg 1, Lund, Sweden.
Course organisation
Div. of Structural Engineering, Lund University
Box 118, S-22100 Lund, Sweden
Phone: +46 46 222 7368
Contacts: Eva Frühwald Hansson, eva.fruhwald@kstr.lth.se

Div. of Structural Mechanics, Lund University
Box 118, S-22100 Lund, Sweden
Phone: +46 46 222 0319
Contact:Erik Serrano, erik.serrano@construction.lth.se


Thelandersson, S., Larsen H.J., Ed. "Timber Engineering", Contributions by 18 scientists from Europe and North America. Wiley & Sons, London, Feb.2003, ISBN 0-470-84469-8.

Selected journal papers and other texts handed out during the course