Eurocode 5 (EC5) covers the design of engineered timber better than BS 5268, which will simplify approval of engineered timber products.
The adoption of Eurocodes, from 1st April 2010, is a milestone in harmonising the approach to the design of structures across Europe. This pan-European approach will eliminate another obstacle to trade.
However, there is another big advantage for designers using the Eurocodes. Steel and concrete designers have used the limit state method for some time while timber designers have retained the permissible stress method. The evolution of the Eurocodes’ unified approach to design, regardless of the materials used, means that designers who are already well versed in the design of concrete and steel structures will now have little difficulty working with timber.
With every major design change there are ‘straightforward’ and ‘difficult’ aspects. This publication covers the complete process of assessing loads, identifying material properties and solving the more difficult aspects of designing timber to Eurocode 5.
Also included in this pack is the Manual for the design of timber building structures to Eurocode 5 and its accompanying CD providing connection design software. Structures designed in accordance with the Manual will normally comply with BS EN 1995-1-1 Eurocode 5. Design of timber structures - Part 1-1. General - Common rules and rules for buildings, together with its supporting codes and standards. The manual is primarily intended for carrying out simple calculations and focuses on the design of buildings within the UK.
The objective of the Eurocode 5: timber design essentials pack is to pull together TRADA’s engineering guidance documents on EC5 into one, easy-to-use reference. It includes sections on:
• An overview of EC5
• Material properties
• Assessing design loads
• Calculating deformations (more commonly known as deflections in the UK)
• Limiting vibrations
• Designing joints using multiple fasteners
• Designing flitch beams (laminated assemblies of timber and steel plates)
• Designing with cross-laminated timber
• An example calculation comparing BS5268 and EC5.
Design essentials contents pages
EC5 manual sample pages
Each publication can be purchased separately via the following links
Eurocode 5: timber design essentials for engineers
Manual for the design of timber building structures to Eurocode 5