Timber as a material

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.

Wood has a unique quality in that it has visual and tactile appeal to almost everyone.

It is important to understand the characteristics and qualities of wood if it is to be used effectively and appropriately. Innovation in wood-based materials now enables large sections to be manufactured, and has helped to minimise waste.

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.

Using the correct names when specifying timber

This unit covers the following topics:
Using the correct names
when specifying timber
Importance of the
correct name
How trees are named
What is in a name

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
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Introduction why choose timber?

This unit covers the following topics:

Visual and tactile qualities
Practical applications
Other qualities (thermal insulation/stability, resistance to chemicals and fire, acoustic absorption, and workability)

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
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The tree

This unit covers the following topics:

The tree
Types of tree
Cellular or organic structure
Heartwood and sapwood
Hardwoods and softwoods

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
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Moisture content and durability

This unit covers the following topics:

Moisture content
Movement or shrinkage
Durability

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
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Wood-based materials

This unit covers the following topics:

Non-structural materials
Structural panels
Advantages of "engineered" timber
It introduces engineered materials such as plywood, cross-laminated timber, glulam, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), parallel strand lumber (PSL) and OSB, and I-beams.

Note: See also Wood-based panels unit in the module on Further topics in timber engineering.The structural performance of wood-based materials is covered in more detail in the modules on structural design.

Level
Introduction | Intermediate | Advanced
Relevance
50%
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Wood Information Sheets
Case studies
Eurocode software
Wood species database
Archive
TRADA books online


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