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* Retrieved from Course syllabus AF2302 (Spring 2018–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The structure of wood and its properties

− Mechanical properties

− Physical properties

− Improved durability -Wood modification methods etc.

− Significant properties of some timber species (eg spruce, pine, beech birch)

Engineered wood products (EWP)

Mechanical and physical properties of certain construction materials

− Steel

− Concrete

− Glass

− Aluminium

Wood-based hybrid components and - system, an overview.

Mechanical connections, an overview

Adhesion and adhesives, an overview

Theory of full and partial interaction between different components.


− Plywood

− Hybrid components (beams, columns, floors, trusses)

Wood and metal

Wood and glass

Wood and concrete

Long-term behaviour (creep)

Shear and peeling stress

Hybrid system (halls, multi-storey buildings, bridges, etc.)

Architecture with timber-based hybrid structures.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should:

  • Understand the physical and mechanical behaviour of different wood species and wood-based materials
  • Have general knowledge of the physical and mechanical behaviour of some materials which can be used in combination with wood.
  • Understand both possibilities and limitations of timber when used in structures.
  • Understand, analyse and design wood-based hybrid components.
  • Understand, analyse and design wood-based hybrid systems.
  • Gain knowledge about connection techniques for timber-based hybrid members and structures.
  • Be able to analyse and design timber-based hybrid components with partial and complete composite action.
  • Be aware about possible failure modes of hybrid structures.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

For students not registered on a KTH programme:

150 credits (hp) including basic courses in building materials, construction mechanics and construction engineering studies equivalent to at least 22,5 credits (hp) total.

Documented proficiency in English B or equivalent (TOEFL, IELTS and g).

For students registered on a KTH programme:

AF1301 Building Materials, Basic Course.

AF1005 Structural Mechanics, Basic Course

AF1006 Structural Engineering, Basic Course

or equivalent courses

Recommended prerequisites

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Illston, J .M. and Domone, P.L.J, (Eds.). Construction Materials. Their Nature and Behaviour.

Spon PressPrint ISBN: 978-0-419-25860-5, eBook ISBN: 978-0-203-47898-1.

Scientific articles, reports and supplementary literature are available on Learning Management Systems, LMS, during course.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • LAB1 - Lab work, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 3,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 2,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed project assignment, exercises, laboratory part and written examination.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web AF2302

Offered by

ABE/Building Materials

Main field of study

Built Environment

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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