Credits: 3

Schedule: 09.09.2019 - 13.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Mark Hughes

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course student:

-       Is familiar with tree growth and the ecological factors that affect it

-       Knows the key anatomical features of wood and is able to differentiate important softwood and hardwood species from their microstructures

-       Is familiar with the main chemical constituents of wood, their properties and how they make up the structure of the wood cell wall

-       Knows about the anisotropic nature of wood and appreciates how the anatomical structure of wood affects its physical and mechanical properties

-       Is familiar with the relationship between mass and volume in wood

-       Knows the states of water in wood and is familiar with how water affects the mechanical and physical properties of wood, as well as how it affects its durability

-       Is familiar with the thermal, electrical and acoustic properties of wood and appreciates its behaviour in fire

-       Is familiar with the key physical and biological agents responsible for the degradation of wood and how degradation may be mitigated

-       Knows about the short-term and long-term mechanical behaviour of wood under static and cyclical loading and appreciates how environmental factors affect this

-       Appreciates how wood might be utilised in energy and resource efficient constructions

-       Is able to describe the key steps in the manufacture of solid wood and wood-based composite products

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Wood is a plentiful and renewable resource that should play a strong role in sustainable construction. The aim of this course it to introduce students to the structure of wood and its material properties as well as some of the important wood-based products and how they are manufactured. There is emphasis on the properties and products of wood relevant to applications in the built environment. Topics include: Tree growth and ecology; wood species; wood anatomy; wood ultrastructure; moisture and wood; short-term and long-term mechanical properties; wood degradation; acoustic and thermal behaviour; wood products; wood product manufacturing.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

3 cr = 81 h

-       Lectures 0-30 h

-       Other contact teaching 0-30 h

-       Laboratory working 0-40 h

-       Preparing for examination(s), simulations, exercises and reporting 0-50 h

-       Examination(s) 2-10 h


Additional 2 cr = 54 h (optional)

-      Individual project (topic and methods to be agreed with teacher in charge)

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Puu-28.5000 Introduction to wood properties and wood products

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The target group of the course:

-       Students of Wood Program (Architecture)

-       Bachelor students of Aalto (especially CHEM, ARTS, ENG)

-       Exchange students of materials science, polymer technology, civil and structural engineering, architecture, design or other


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