Design of Timber Structures to Eurocode 5 - Solid Timber


This course covers the design of timber structures to Eurocode 5, from an introduction to Limit State based Eurocodes to design of realistic timber structures.

Aims & Objectives:

  • Understand the Limit States Design method
  • Calculate design loads on timber structures to Eurocodes (EN 1990, EN 1991 and EN 1995)
  • Analyse and design basic bending members, axially loaded members and members subjected to combined axial and flexural loads
  • Analyse and design timber components including floors, load-bearing walls and roof trusses

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Describe Limit State Design method for structural design
  • Establish combinations of loadings on timber structures, e.g. permanent, variable and accidental actions
  • Calculate different types of loading on timber structures to Eurocode 1, e.g. dead, imposed and snow loads, etc.
  • Explain strength classes and material properties of structural timber
  • Establish the design procedure for flexural members at ultimate limit states (bending, shear, bearing, lateral stability and notch) and serviceability limit states (deflection and vibration), e.g. timber flooring systems
  • Establish the design procedure for axially loaded timber members, e.g. ties, columns
  • Establish the design procedure for timber members under combined axial and flexural loads, e.g. roof trusses

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to Eurocodes
  • Actions on Timber Structures
  • Introduction to BS EN 1995
  • Strength Classes and Material Properties of Structural Timber to EN 338
  • Flexural Members: Bending, Shear, Bearing, Lateral Stability, Notch, Deflection and Vibration
  • Axially Loaded Members
  • Members under Combined Axial and Flexural Loads
  • Initial Assessment (Verbal discussion)
  • Lecture Presentation
  • Tutorial Design Problem Solving
  • Programme Demo for Structural Design
  • Feedback Activity
  • Post-Training Coursework
  • This course will provide face-to-face learning on design of timber structures to Eurocode 5.


Intended For:

Graduates and civil/structural engineers seeking an understanding of timber structure design to Eurocode 5

Delegates need to bring their own copies of the following Eurocodes and UK National Annexes:

  • British Standards Institution, "BS EN 1995-1-1: Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures - Part 1-1: General - Common rules and rules for buildings", BSI, 2004, ISBN: 0 580 45147 X.
  • British Standards Institution "UK National Annex to Eurocode 5: Design of timber structures - Part 1-1: General - Common rules and rules for buildings", BSI, 2004, ISBN 0 580 49349 0.
  • British Standards Institution, "BS EN 338: Structural timber structures - Strength classes", BSI, 2003, ISBN: 0-580-41845-6.