AF232U Design of Timber-Based Hybrid Structures 7.5 credits

Design av träbaserade hybridkonstruktioner

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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.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

150 credits (credits) including courses in building material, structural mechanics and structural engineering equivalent to a minimum of 22.5 credits or equivalent competence.

Documented skills in English B or the equivalent (TOEFL, IELTS e g).

Recommended prerequisites

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Illston, J. M. and Domone, P. L. J, (Oath.). Construction Material. 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

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Lab work, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 3.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 1.0 credits, Grading scale: 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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Magnus Wålinder

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ABE/Building Materials

Main field of study *

Built Environment

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Roberto Crocetti (

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.