Course detail

Metal and Timber Structures

FAST-BOA014Acad. year: 2023/2024

History of metal and timber structures in civil engineering.
Basic types of steel and timber structures.
Advantages and disadvantages of metal and timber structures from the economical point of view with respect to the physical and moral lifespan and material return.
Material properties of steel and timber material.
Structural design of bearing systems.
Economical aspects of metal and timber structures.
Structures of industrial single-storey buildings.
Multi-storey buildings with steel frameworks.
Special metal structures.
Timber structures.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.


Institute of Metal and Timber Structures (KDK)

Entry knowledge

Mathematics, structural mechanics, elasticity and plasticity, section characteristics, design principles of structures, loads of structural systems, structural materials.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.


The objective of the subject is to introduce students to the problems of this course and to practise acquired knowledge and skills.
Students have to manage the aim of the subject. They obtain more detailed knowledge about the problems of design metal and timber structures.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

ČSN EN 1995-1-1 Eurokód 5: Navrhování dřevěných konstrukcí - Část 1-1: Obecná pravidla - Společná pravidla a pravidla pro pozemní stavby
ČSN EN 1993-1-1 Eurokód 3: Navrhování ocelových konstrukcí - Část 1-1: Obecná pravidla a pravidla pro pozemní stavby
Kuklík, P.: Dřevěné konstrukce, Praha: IC ČKAIT, 2005, ISBN 80-86769-72-0
Kuklík, P.; Kuklíková A.: Navrhování dřevěných konstrukcí. Informační centrum ČKAIT 2010, ISBN 978-80-87093-88-7

Recommended reading

Kermani, A.; Porteous, J: Structural Timber Design to Eurocode 5. Wiley and Sons 2013 ISBN 978-0-470-67500-7
Silva, L.S. et al. Design of steel structures, 2010 ISBN (ECCS) 978-92-9147-098-3, ISBN (Ernst & Sohn) 978-3-433-02973-2

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-SI Bachelor's

    specialization E , 4. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Basics of bearing structure design and realization problems. Material and selection of structural members of steel structures. 2. Single-storey steel buildings (disposition, configuration of structures, roof cladding, roof purlins, roof girders, construction of the crane track, columns, column foot and anchorage, space rigidity). 3. Multi-storey buildings with a steel framework (criteria of design, actions, parts of steel structures and their connections, space rigidity). 4. Spatial member systems. 5. Metal bridges and footbridges (parts of a construction, bearings and shutters, assembling of bridges and footbridges). 6. Special metal structures (tanks, stacks, silos, high diameter pipelines, towers and masts, structures of technical equipment). 7. Properties of the wood and wood-based materials (mechanical properties of timber material, basic design parameters, requirements of structure conditions). 8. Ultimate states of the timber structures, principles of their design. 9. Basic types of stress of members and parts of timber structures. 10. Connections in timber structures. 11. Plate and truss timber girders, frames and arches. 12. Spatial timber constructions. 13. Production, assembly, protection and maintenance of timber structures.


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Properties of materials. 2. Design of members in tension. 3. Design of members under compression. Stability of members. 4. Design of bending beams. 5. Stability of bending beams. 6. Connections of steel members. 7. Connections of timber members.