Course Details

Timber Structures (S)

BOA003 course is part of 3 study plans

Bc. full-t. program BPC-SI > spS compulsory Summer Semester 3rd year 4 credits

Bc. full-t. program BPA-SI compulsory Summer Semester 3rd year 4 credits

Bc. combi. program BKC-SI compulsory Summer Semester 3rd year 4 credits

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.

Course Guarantor

doc. Ing. Milan Šmak, Ph.D.


Institute of Metal and Timber Structures

Learning outcomes

Student will learn basic principles a methods of design of the load bearing members of timber structures and also basis of design of selected structural systems.
Further they will learn and manage the design techniques and procedures of the actual load bearing members and parts according to the standardized documents.
Partial problems include the questions of material characteristics, dimensioning of connections and design of members under tension, bending, torsion and compression. The subject content includes also basis of reconstruction and rehabilitation of timber structures and examples of realized timber structural systems.
In general, the subject content will be focused to the questions of reliability and efficiency of the load bearing structures.


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


Mechanics of members and plated structures, numerical methods, computer aided design.

Planned educational activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures, practical classes and self-study assignments. Attendance at lectures is optional, but attendance at classes is compulsory.

Forms and criteria of assessment

To obtain a credit from the exercise: attendance at the classes, submission of given numerical examples of design of structural members and structural details, submission of the individual design project and ability to use gained knowledge of the problems.
To pass the exam: credit from the exercise, prove the ability to use gained knowledge at the exam.


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 instruction, the form of instruction, and the form of compensation of the absences

Vymezení kontrolované výuky a způsob jejího provádění stanoví každoročně aktualizovaná vyhláška garanta předmětu.


2 hours/week, 13 weeks, elective

Syllabus of lectures

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.


2 hours/week, 13 weeks, compulsory

Syllabus of practice

1. Properties of timber and timber-based materials for structural purposes.
2. Limit states and basics of timber structures computer modelling.
3. Basic types of strain of members and structural parts of the timber structures: members under tension, bending, torsion or axial compression.
4. Fasteners of timber structures, examples of typical connection design: mechanical connections, glued connections.
5. Plane solid girders: Examples of design and detailing of timber structures.
6. Plane truss structures: Examples of design and detailing.
7. Space rigidity of the roofing systems, bracings.
8.–13. Individual assignments of the design of the timber roofing structure. Disposition arrangement and loading, design and detailing.