ENGRCEE 151B Structural Timber Design (2014-2015)

ENGRCEE 151B Structural Timber Design

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CE.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 151B Structural Timber Design (Credit Units: 4) Design of timber structures. Beams, columns, beam-columns, roof, and connections. Prerequisite: CEE151A. Civil Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 3)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0071455398.

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0962598586.

Recommended Textbook:
Masanobu Shinozuka
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Selection of wood members for design, identifying NDS tables for design of wood framing members.

2. Design horizontal roof and floor framing members, and vertical members such as posts for gravity loads and wall studs for both vertical and lateral loads.

3. Design of roof and floor diaphragms and shearwalls for lateral wind and seismic loads.

4. Design of connections.

5. Use a manufactured connections catalog, such as Simpson Strong Tie Connectors catalog.

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Analysis of framed structures
  • Properties and strength of materials
Lecture Topics:
  • Fundamentals of the design of timber structures. (1 week)
  • Design of beams. (2 weeks)
  • Design of columns and beam-columns. (2 weeks)
  • Design of roof and floor diaphragms (2 weeks)
  • Design of shearwalls. (1.5 weeks)
  • Design of connections. (1.5 weeks)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 4 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Assigned homework and design projects using commercial computer software

Laboratory Projects:
Professional Component

Contributes to the design experience and Engineering Topics courses of Civil Engineering major.

Design Content Description

Students are exposed to the evaluation of design load cases for a typical structure subjected to dead, live, wind, and seismic loads. Students are assigned open-ended problems on the design of timber beams, columns, beam-columns, roofs, and connections. All course lectures are planned to introduce the students to design aspects of the various components of a timber structure such as beams, columns, beam-columns, roofs, and connections. Projects illustrate the design concepts by testing beams, posts, and connections with alternative designs. A few samples will be incorrectly designed to illustrate failure modes.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Project: 20%
  • Midterm: 20%
  • Final Exam: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 1.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 3.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 5, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr