Timber connections

This module is a teaching aid for tutors delivering courses on the use and design of timber in engineering and architecture. There are also related materials such as case studies and information sheets referenced alongside each module, which will assist both students and lecturers.

Timber, as a natural material, has limits to the shape, length and other dimensions available for its use in construction. The connection requirements are therefore higher than with man-made materials.

It is unique in the range and diversity of methods with which it can be joined and this module explores the various connection techniques available.

This module is designed to support engineering and architecture lecturers.

Units

Each of the following units can be downloaded separately, in line with teaching requirements and course progression.

Introduction to connections

This unit covers the following topics:
Evolution of timber structures
Different types of connections
Connection design criteria
Fire resistance
Connection durability

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
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Carpentry joints

This unit covers the following topics:
Connection criteria for carpentry joints
Different carpentry joints

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Dowel-type fasteners

This unit covers the following topics:
Deferent types of dowel-type fasteners

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Metal connectors

This unit covers the following topics:
Metal plate fasteners
Connectors with bolts

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
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Special connectors

This unit covers the following topics:
Examples of special connectors

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
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Connections with adhesives

This unit covers the following topics:
Resin-anchored bolts
Splice plates and gusset plates
Dowelled end joints
Site gluing
Types of adhesive
Design criteria
Safety precautions

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
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Connections for various assembly forms part 1

This unit covers the following topics:
Connections for beams
Connections for round timber structures
Connections for unbraced frames
Connections for braced frames
Connections for arches and portal frames

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
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Connections for various assembly forms part 2

This unit covers the following topics:
Connections for trusses
Connections for platform frames
Connections for panel systems
Connections for curved and double-curved lattices

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
50%

Wood Information Sheets
Case studies
Eurocode software
Wood species database
Archive
TRADA books online


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