An Introductory Course in Structural Design with Wood

Venue: Blacksburg

Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 16, 2004 End Date/Time: Nov 18, 2004
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This course will focus on practical code-conforming design of wood structures. The beginning of the course will review the mechanical properties of lumber and safety factors that are involved in the design process. The role of moisture content on shrinkage and swelling that can impact the performance of wood structural elements or component in-service will be demonstrated by examples. We will design simple elements showing what factors apply to the allowable design properties of lumber and timbers and explain why the various factors apply to a design situation. The objectives of this course are a mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2001 ANSI/AF&PA National Design Specification for Wood Construction.