Course detail

Metal and Wood Materials

FAST-BJ008Acad. year: 2019/2020

With regard to metallic materials, students should become familiar with physical and mechanical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, the technology of pig iron production, the issue of steel and cast iron will be explained. In addition, students will learn about the steel composition and steel alloying technology; based on the Fe-C diagram, they will get the details about the basis of thermal treatment of steels.
With the regard to wood based materials, students will get knowledge about various materials (solid wood, agglomerated wood, wood-based products), followed by the description of the macroscopic, microscopic and ultra-microscopic structure of wood and its basic chemical composition. Students will gain an overview of main physico-mechanical properties of wood and the basic defects of wood products.


Institute of Technology of Building Materials and Components (THD)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student would manage the goal of the subject by acquiring knowledge of metal and wooden materials, physico-mechanical properties, use in civil engineering, macro- and microstructure of wood and metals.


Knowledge of basic, physical-mechanical properties of metals and wood, main products of these materials used in the civil engineering industry, elementary knowledge of wood and metal composition.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1st Living tree species, wood quality grading, and usage of timber in structures, types of wood products,
2nd Types of laminated wood, agglomerated wood with mineral or organic binder component,
3rd Physiognomy of trees, macroscopic features of tree, anisotropy of wood, macroscopic structure of wood,
4th The microscopic wood structure, description of the basic elements of wood,
5th Submicroscopic structure of wood, composition of cellular elements, the chemical composition of wood,
6th Physical properties of wood, in particular regarding the moisture sorption/desorption, adsorption hysteresis, thermal properties,
7th The visco-elastic properties of wood, the strength characteristics,
8th Wood/timber defects,
9th Metals - classification, properties, production of pig iron,
10th Production of steel, labelling of steel for concrete and stainless steel, alloying of steel,
11th Cast-iron production, classification of cast-irons, types of metal melting processes,
12th The crystalline structure of iron, the structural components of steel, the system Fe-C, the thermal treatment of steel,
13th Non-ferrous metals, technical alloys.


Acquaintance of student with micro- and macrostructure of metal and wood materials, its physico-chemical properties. Main chapter is utilization of these materials in building industry.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-P-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch M , 3. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

  • Programme B-K-C-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch M , 3. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

  • Programme B-P-E-SI (N) Bachelor's

    branch M , 3. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer