Course syllabus MVDR - Mechanical Properties of Wood (FFWT - SS 2018/2019)

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Course code: MVDR
Course title in language of instruction: Mechanické vlastnosti dřeva
Course title in Czech: Mechanical Properties of Wood
Course title in English: Mechanical Properties of Wood
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
part-time, 20/0 (lectures per period / seminars per period)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2018/2019
Name of lecturer: Ing. Martin Brabec, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Ing. David Děcký (examiner, instructor, tutor)
Ing. Dominik Hess (examiner, instructor, tutor)
prof. Dr. Ing. Petr Horáček (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Ing. Luděk Praus, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, tutor)
Ing. Radim Rousek (examiner, instructor, tutor)
Ing. Václav Sebera, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Ing. Jan Tippner, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Prerequisites: none
Aims of the course:
Knowledge of the properties of wood and wood-based materials as a prerequisite for the rational choice of processing technology and use of wood for structural applications in construction, furniture making and inhabited environments. Mastering the fundamentals of materials engineering - understanding the relationship between chemical composition and anatomical structure and properties of wood.
Application of structural analysis on natural non-homogenous anisotropic polymer - wood. The course focuses on description of relationships among chemical composition, anatomical structure and response of wood to loading. Student will be provided: 1) theoretical description and analysis of general stress and strain state - general Hooke's law related to the dimensions of a problem, introduction to a fracture mechanics, rheological properties of wood and mechanics of layered systems; 2) in practical lectures, students will evaluate gained theoretical concepts by a set of measurement of material properties that describe stress and strain behavior of wood when loaded by fundamental modes of loading. Advanced chapter is mathematical and physical evaluation of behavior of wood on microscopic scale within which students can use contemporary knowledge of chemical and anatomical structure of wood to learn an influence of boundary conditions on mechanical properties of wood on macroscopic scale. After passing the course, students will be able to evaluate a reason of material failure and design the optimal parameters of structural wooden members (structural design). The course also applies principles of material science on practical issues in wood-processing industry.
Course contents:
1.Wood as a composite material. Anisotropic character of wood properties. Chemical composition and anatomy of wood. Selected physical properties of wood. (allowance 2/0)
2.Mechanics of anisotropic deformable solid. Stress and strain Tensor. Equilibrium equation and compatibility of strains. (allowance 2/0)
3.Structural analysis. Elastic behavior - Hooke's law. Viscoelastic behavior. Material properties - moduli of elasticity, Poisson ratios, dynamic viscosity. (allowance 4/0)
4.One-dimensional (beam), two-dimensional (plate) and three-dimensional (general body) stress state. (allowance 2/0)
5.Application of theory on fundamental modes of loading - compression, tension, shear, bending, torque and buckling. (allowance 4/20)
6.Dynamic properties. Vibration of beams and boards. Toughness. (allowance 4/0)
7.Rheology - fatigue. Creep a relaxation. (allowance 2/0)
8.Fracture mechanics. Theory of fracture and criteria of failure for anisotropic material. (allowance 2/0)
9.Influence of factors on mechanical properties - chemical composition, anatomical structure, moisture content, temperature, density, loading time. (allowance 2/0)
10.Classical laminate theory. Mechanical behavior of layered materials. (allowance 2/0)
11.Design indexes of materials. Structural timber - strength classes. (allowance 2/0)
12.Application of theory in the calculation examples. Numerical simulations of physical fields. (allowance 2/4)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to work independently
-Basic computing skills
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information
-Work in team

Specific competences:
-Analysis and solution of technical problems
-Familiarity with wood based material flow for application in wood – constructions
-Knowledge of the kind of materials, their properties and using
-Knowledge of the wooden based materials, their properties, applications and manufacturing
-Master mathematical tools necessary for solving real world problems.
-Practical knowledge of the wood based materials.

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendanceCombined form
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h0 h
     practice20 h0 h
     laboratory work6 h0 h
     consultation0 h20 h
     public presentation (oral)2 h0 h
     preparation for exam50 h80 h
     preparation of presentation10 h0 h
     elaboration of reports14 h0 h
     writing of seminar paper10 h40 h
Total140 h140 h
Assessment methods:
Credit (protocol of 10 exercises ranked 0-1, seminar worked rated 0-5, presentations rated 0-5, a minimum total of 13 points - if not, test of 20 questions)
Test (solution of problem using available tools, oral exam of four topics - preparation of a written form, verbal response).
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQGANDELOVÁ, L. -- HORÁČEK, P. -- ŠLEZINGEROVÁ, J.Nauka o dřevěBrnoMendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita199680-7157-194-6
RQPOŽGAJ, A. -- CHOVANEC, D. -- KURJATKO, S. -- BABIAK, M.Štruktúra a vlastnosti drevaBratislavaPríroda199380-07-00600-1
RQHORÁČEK, P.Fyzikální a mechanické vlastnosti dřeva I.BrnoMendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně199880-7157-347-7
REBODIG, J. -- JAYNE, B A.Mechanics of Wood and Wood CompositesMalabarKrieger Publish.Comp.19930-89464-777-6
REFOREST PRODUCT, L.Wood handbook—Wood as an engineering materialWashingtonU.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory1999
RETSOUMIS, G T.Science and Technology of Wood : Structure, Properties, UtilizationNew YorkChapman & Hall19910-412-07851-1
REHEARMON, R.Úvod do teorie pružnosti anizotropních látekPrahaSNTL1965


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