TKT4212 - Timber Structures 2


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours A

Course content

Material description for anisotropic materials including orthotropic elasticity and failure criteria.

Stress and strain relations in laminates and composites.

Structural behaviour of wood-based composites, covering solid wood, glued-laminated timber, cross-laminated timber, plywood and compositions of those, as well as anisotropic plates and shells in general.

Design rules for composite wooden members with emphasis on Cross-Laminated Timber.

Joining based on glue or contact.

Structural fire design of timber structures.

Fracture and reinforcement of timber beams and connections.

Long-term properties, creep and relaxation, moisture effects and shape distortions.

Design of timber bridges: Structural concepts, stress-laminated decks, vibrations and fatigue.

Design of timber buildings: structural concepts, connections, wind and human induced vibrations, seismic design.

Learning outcome

TKT4211 Timber Structures 1 gives a basic introduction to design of timber structures and is a prerequisite for Timber Structures 2. Timber Structures 2 deals with the more advanced topics related to the design and calculations of timber structures.

The theoretical foundation for modelling of wood and timber structures by use of the Finite Element Method will be established. The aim is to understand the structural behaviour of composite structures made of anisotropic plates and shells, as well as to compute the structural response. Furthermore, analytical methods together with design rules will be studied for composite structures or special structural details. Time and moisture dependent effects and fire design are also included. Finally, basic design concepts for modern timber engineering of buildings and bridges will be introduced.

Knowledge. The students shall have knowledge about:

Modelling of wood and wood-based materials and composites for use in load-carrying structures.

Time and moisture dependent effects important for design of wooden components.

Design concepts of timber bridges and high-rise buildings.

Serviceability and Ultimate limit states design considerations including fire design and fatigue.

Skills. The students shall be able to:

Evaluate and propose effective use of wood-based components for use in load-carrying structures.

Model and compute the structural response to loading by use of numerical simulations and analytical methods.

Verify that all requirements to structural design are fulfilled with respect to European design rules (Eurocode 5 parts 1-1, 1-2 and -2).

General competence. The students shall master:

General basis of load and load calculations for composites and wooden structures.

General static analysis and calculation of load effects.

General basis of structural design according to European rules.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, demonstrations and exercises.

2/3 of the assignments must be approved prior to the examination.

The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If the teaching is given in English the Examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Required previous knowledge

Basis in statics and mechanics and TKT4211 Timber Structures 1, or similar.

Course materials

Papers and notes specified during the semester;

EN 1995, Design of timber structures parts -1-1,-1-2, -2;

Swedish Wood, The CLT Handbook, ISBN 978-91-983214-4-3 (available for free download);

KIT, Blaß and Sandhaas: Timber Engineering - Principles for Design, ISBN 978-3-7315-0673-7 (available for free download).

Recommended additional textbooks:

Daniel & Ishai: Engineering Mechanics of Composite Materials, 2.ed, ISBN 0-19-515097-1.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Timber Structures
  • Building Materials
  • Structural Mechanics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Structural Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 A 2023-12-07 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL111 brun sone Sluppenvegen 14 27
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 A INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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