Design of Timber and Masonry Structures

Module aims

  • To introduce the students to the most basic principles of design in timber and masonry.
  • To enable students to develop an understanding of the very fundamental concepts and design philosophies related to timber and masonry elements and to apply this knowledge to the design of simple conventional structural elements and assemblages.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the basics of the structural behaviour and design of timber elements.
  • Design simple structural members and conventional connections in timber.
  • Understand the behaviour of unreinforced masonry structures.
  • Design masonry components and bearing wall buildings.

Module syllabus

This is an introductory module to the design of structures in Timber and Masonry.  It is organised in two basic and distinct units.

Design of Timber Structures:

  • Introduction to the design of timber structures. Structural properties of wood and structural design philosophy.
  • Design of complex beams.
  • Axially loaded members and design to combined bending and axial forces.
  • Design of connections.
  • Fire response and design of wooden structures.

Design of Masonry Structures:

  • Basic components and mechanical characteristics of masonry.
  • Design of unreinforced masonry walls under gravitational and lateral loading.
  • Simplified design approach for masonry buildings.
  • Analysis of masonry arches. 

No.

Topic

Staff

01

Masonry structures and materials / Design of unreinforced masonry walls

LM

02

Vertical loading

LM

03

Horizontal in-plane loading

LM

04

Lateral out-of-plane loading

LM

05

Analysis of masonry arches

LM

06

Introduction and structural design in wood

Structural use of timber and engineered timber materials

CM / (ARUP)

07

Design of timber elements

CM

08

Design of connections (1)

CM

09

Design of connections (2)

CM

10

Fire response of wooden structures

CM

Teaching methods

 A combination of lectures and tutorials.

Assessments

Assessment by written examination and coursework.

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Christian Malaga Chuquitaype