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Timber Engineering Notebook

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This series was authored by the Structural Timber Association (STA) to provide technical information on the use of timber as a structural medium.

The STA encompasses all users of all structural timber systems and its elements and components, providing business and technical support to the industry.

The series was published between March 2013 and December 2015.

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Structural Timber Association

As the UK’s leading organisation representing the structural timber sector and associated supply chain companies, the STA has an objective to drive quality and product innovation through expert technical guidance and research - underpinned by education, training and event programmes.

Articles in this series

The Structural Engineer

The first in a new series of articles; written by Chartered structural engineers Milner Associates, on behalf of the UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA) providing technical information on the use of timber as a structural medium.

Publish Date ‐ 27 February 2013

The Structural Engineer

The second article in this series describes different types of engineering wood products, in addition to timber structural systems and their structural applications.

Publish Date ‐ 26 March 2013

The Structural Engineer

This article introduces platform frame construction and describes the structural engineering checks required for virtual load paths and the individual framing members.

Publish Date ‐ 1 May 2013

The Structural Engineer

This article introduces the checks for overall building stability and those required for the wall diaphragms, which provide shear (or racking) resistance to a platform timber frame structure.

Publish Date ‐ 1 June 2013

The Structural Engineer

This article provides guidance for engineers involved in the design of timber frame building structures on commonly known structural stability issues.

Publish Date ‐ 25 June 2013

The Structural Engineer

This articles covers guidance – developed by the UKTFA and other professional bodies – that provides good practice information on safe fire space separation for timber elements during construction.

Publish Date ‐ 1 August 2013

The Structural Engineer

This article introduces fire safety in relation to timber structures.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2013

The Structural Engineer

This article reviews glulam in two of the most common structural forms: 'post and beam' and two dimensional rigid frames.

Publish Date ‐ 1 October 2013

The Structural Engineer

This article introduces the construction and connection details appropriate to open frame construction, with a worked example for a dowelled glulam portal haunch connection.

Publish Date ‐ 28 November 2013

The Structural Engineer

This article introduces structural insulated panels (SIPs), their usage and benefits in construction of residential and light commercial buildings.

Publish Date ‐ 31 July 2015

The Structural Engineer

This article provides a more detailed introduction to the applications and use of CLT as a structural timber product, including structural benefits and benefits to the construction process.

Publish Date ‐ 1 September 2015

The Structural Engineer

This article provides further information on the manufacture, detailing and erection of CLT constructions.

Publish Date ‐ 1 October 2015

The Structural Engineer

This article presents detailed advice on the material properties and structural design of CLT based on current UK practice.

Publish Date ‐ 2 November 2015

The Structural Engineer

This articles examines the use of glued-in rods for timber connections and the context of their usage in the UK. 

Publish Date ‐ 1 December 2015