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AR40418: Advanced timber engineering

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Coursework reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop an understanding of the behaviour of timber, timber connections and timber products relevant to the design of timber structures.
To create an understanding of a range of timber engineering products and techniques.
To build enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to enable the student to continue to develop their knowledge in the future and thus be capable of implementing innovative timber engineering solutions.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate ability in the analysis of the structural behaviour of a timber structure. They will be able to evaluate structural behaviour and understand when and how to improve a design through use of different materials and techniques.
They will have experience in designing, making and testing a timber component.

Intellectual skills
* Ability to apply the concepts and principles of structural engineering to the critical analysis of timber structures.
* To understand taught material taught
Professional/Practical skills
* To deal with architectural engineering issues in a systematic yet creative way, and to communicate the conclusions clearly.
Transferable/key skills
* Ability to collect, analyse, synthesise and present technical information.
* To demonstrate communication and team working skills.
* Ability to do simple research on the internet and use published information to digest, marshal and sort facts relevant to future design.

Each week students will attend a lecture that will identify, discuss and present timber engineering topics. These will include basic wood science, relationship of timber properties with moisture and load duration, timber connections, timber bridges, grid-shells, dynamics response, engineered timber products. The students will make and test a timber component and report on the process. There will be an individual submission discussing two key buildings.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

AR40418 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • TEAR-AFM19 : MSc Civil Engineering: Innovative Structural Materials (Full-time) - Year 1

AR40418 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering
  • UEAR-AFM03 : MEng (hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEAR-AKM03 : MEng (hons) Civil and Architectural Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UEAR-AFM07 : MEng (hons) Civil Engineering (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UEAR-AKM07 : MEng (hons) Civil Engineering (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.