Understanding the essentials of EC5

Posted on 18/03/2014

For engineers and engineering technicians looking to get a handle on the essential elements of the much-talked about but often misunderstood EC5, BM TRADA is running a one-day course on June 19th at its High Wycombe headquarters.

This must-attend event, aimed at engineers, engineering technicians and anyone interested in the design and/or checking of timber structures to EC5, starts with an introduction to the general concepts of Eurocodes, comparing and contrasting the differences between the now obsolete BS 5268 design approach and the new EC5 limit state design philosophy.

The fundamental difference between Eurocode 5 and BS 5268-2 is their approach to design. BS 5268-2 used ‘permissible’ or ‘allowable’ stress design whereas EC5 uses ‘limit state design’, bringing timber design in line with other materials such as steel and concrete.

The Eurocode 5: The Essentials course covers a wide range of topics under EC5 including material properties, flexure, deflections, vibrations, tensile members, buckling and an introduction to connections.

Last year’s course, which was led by BM TRADA’s Principal Structural Engineer,Dr Keerthi Ranasinghe, was well attended, with plenty of positive feedback from delegates. “I found the course very beneficial,” said Tom Paterson, Design Engineer, Blackwell Structural Consultants. “Keerthi is very knowledgeable in EC5 and I now feel confident to switch from BS 5268 to EC5.”

Connections to EC5 is further explored in the Eurocode 5 Connections workshop, due to take place on October 1st, where attendees will be given an introduction to connections, again led by Dr Ranasinghe.

Designed to build on knowledge gained from the Eurocode 5: The Essentials course, the content for the connections course includes dowel type fasteners, an introduction to Johansen theory, embedment strength, yield moment, axial effects and the rope effect, as well as the calculation of lateral load capacities.

Dr Ranasinghe said: “Connections pose a unique challenge for designers and probably constitute one of the most detailed yet frequently misunderstood aspects of EC5. Eurocode 5 offers the designer more potential than they might realise, as our introductory workshops will illustrate.”

Both workshops will use practical worked examples “to bring clarity and facilitate a better understanding of the intricacies of EC5”, Dr Ranasinghe added. Printed worked examples, which will act as invaluable future references, are included in the delegate fee.

The Eurocode 5 Connections Workshop costs £130 + VAT for TRADA members and £179 + VAT for non-members. The Eurocode 5: The Essentials costs £189 + VAT for TRADA members and £229 +VAT for non-members.
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For engineers and engineering technicians looking to get a handle on the essential elements of the much-talked about but often misunderstood EC5, BM TRADA is running a one-day course on June 19th at its High Wycombe headquarters.