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Structure design for Wooden Structures

Structure design for Wooden Structures

Structure design for Wooden Structures

Hello all,

I am civil engineer ( my experience in execution and design of steel and RC structures), I moved to US recently, and trying to learn Structure design for wooden structures.

Do you recommend any course any specific book to study?

Thanks in advance.

RE: Structure design for Wooden Structures

Most definitely the Breyer book that pham linked. That's the best one out there.

RE: Structure design for Wooden Structures

Breyer does a good job with most concepts, but I have found I've disagreed with a few of his points in the past.

Timber Construction Manual is another good resource.
Wood Engineering and Construction Handbook is another resource I've used in the past.

Like all structural engineering, your biggest hurdle is going to be connection design. Connections for wood design can be considerably more complex than other materials. I would recommend referencing chapters 11-13 of the American Wood Council's National Design Specification when you are ready to start looking at connection design.

RE: Structure design for Wooden Structures

Breyer's book is pretty much the gold standard for wood design.

The American Wood Council also has a bunch of videos on their youtube channel.

RE: Structure design for Wooden Structures

ChorasDen, I'd be curious to know where you disagree with him. Not trying to argue, trying to learn.

RE: Structure design for Wooden Structures

I'd have to look again, as it's been a considerable while since I've opened that book. I recall it may have had something to do with diaphragm chord analysis? Not certain though. I have the sixth edition on the floor behind me, which is what I would have been referencing.

If I get a chance today, I'll try and look through it again.

FYI, I work for a multi-national wood products company, which has performed/funded considerable research in wood. So it's possible that my disagreement may have been something more arbitrary. I just recall disliking the approach he took in several examples.

RE: Structure design for Wooden Structures

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ChorasDen, I'd be curious to know where you disagree with him.

It's been a while but, the last time that I checked, he was still peddling inflection point bracing.

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