Glued Laminated Timber Fundamentals

Course Number: S-2006
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Farah Labib Eldib, S.E., M.Sc.
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Overview

In Glued Laminated Timber Fundamentals, you'll learn ...

  • Identify the three principle axes of wood
  • Calculate the moisture content of a piece of wood
  • Explain what is meant by "fiber saturation point"
  • Estimate shrinkage of wood due to drying

Overview

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Credit: 2 PDH

Length: 186 pages

Structural glued laminated timber (glulam) is a material that combines the warmth and beauty of wood with modern engineering to create structures for the most demanding applications. From short-span headers and beams in residential construction, to graceful exposed arches and curved beams in churches, to long span beams and trusses for commercial spaces, glulam has the answer.

This two-hour course will provide the student with a basic understanding of structural glued laminated timber and its use as a structural material. Course topics include fundamental properties of wood, characteristics of structural lumber, and basic manufacturing concepts for structural glued laminated timber (glulam). The information presented will provide the practicing engineer with a solid foundation upon which to build for engineered timber design.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Identify the three principle axes of wood
  • Calculate the moisture content of a piece of wood
  • Explain what is meant by "fiber saturation point"
  • Estimate shrinkage of wood due to drying
  • Discuss engineering strengths and weaknesses of wood
  • Identify common lumber characteristics and discuss their effects on lumber quality
  • Recognize several benefits of structural glued laminated timber
  • Name the primary standard that governs the manufacture of glulam in the U.S.
  • Explain why optimized lay-ups are typically more efficient than uniform-grade lay-ups
  • Identify the differences between balanced and unbalanced lay-ups
  • Recall several quality control measures taken to ensure good performance of glulam timbers

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 20 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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