AF232U Design of Timber-Based Hybrid Structures 7.5 credits

Design av träbaserade hybridkonstruktioner

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Built Environment
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P4 (7.5 credits)

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  • End date


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  • Campus

    KTH Campus

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  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    Max. 5

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

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 main content

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.


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).


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.


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

Requirements for final grade

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

Offered by

ABE/Building Materials


Roberto Crocetti (


Magnus Wålinder <>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2018.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2018.