Timber as a material

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This module is a teaching aid for tutors delivering courses on the use and design of timber in engineering and architecture. Suggested reading is given for each unit, within each module.  You can also access the other resources such as Case Studies and Wood Information Sheets (full access for lecturers, partial for students) directly.


Wood has a unique quality in that it has visual and tactile appeal to almost everyone. It is important to understand the characteristics and qualities of wood if it is to be used effectively and appropriately. Innovation in wood-based materials now enables large sections to be manufactured, and has helped to minimise waste.


This module is designed to support engineering and architecture lecturers.


Each of the following units can be downloaded separately, in line with teaching requirements and course progression.