Course detail

Timber Structures (S)

FAST-BOA003Acad. year: 2020/2021

Historical development of timber structures, view of timber application in structures. Properties of wood and wood-based materials for structural purposes. Standards for structural design.
Limit states and rules of computer modelling. Basic types of strain of timber members and their verifying.
Fasteners – mechanical connections, glued connections.
Plane solid and truss structures – girders, frames, and arches. Rules of structural design and theoretical analysis.
Spatial structures – laminated structures, spatial trusses, ribbed domes, vaults and shells.
Timber bridges and footbridges. Specialized timber structures.
Production and assembly. Protection and maintenance.
Principles of reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Examples of realized timber structures.


Institute of Metal and Timber Structures (KDK)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will learn and get under control the aims of matter in
teachings, focused especially to problems of design of timber elements and timber constructions, in term of content amplificated more in detail in the schedule of related training subject.


Mathematics, structural mechanics, elasticity and plasticity, section characteristics, design principles of structures, loads of structural systems, structural materials.


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

1. History of timber structures review, development prospects and field of timber structures application in civil engineering.
2. Properties of wood and wood-based materials for structural purposes, material characteristics.
3. Wood-based materials – kinds and their properties for structural purposes
4. Rules of computer modelling of timber structures – structural geometry, bearing members connection, supports, material and cross-sectional characteristics, loading.
5. Limit states in timber structures, methods of their verifying.
6. Basic types of strain of timber members and timber structures elements.
7. Connections of timber structures and examples of basic structural details.
8. Plane solid girders, frames, and arches, glue laminated structures.
9. Truss girders, frames, and arches, guiding details of joints.
10. Basic types of spatial structures – spatial trusses, ribbed domes, vaults, shells and folded grids.
11. Timber structures for residential, administrative, agricultural and other purposes.
12. Production, assembly, protection and maintenance of timber structures.
13. Principles of reconstruction and rehabilitation of timber structures.


The objective of the subject is to introduce students to the problems of this course and to practise acquired knowledge and skills.

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 BPC-SI Bachelor's

    specialization S , 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

  • Programme BPA-SI Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory
  • Programme BKC-SI Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer