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Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction

Number: BCT 330
Credits: 4
Format: In person, Online, Amherst

Semester: Fall
Meeting Times: Tue/Thu 1:00 - 2:15
Room: ODB 162

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Peggi Clouston,
Ph.D., M.A.Sc., B.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Professor & Graduate Concentration Coordinator, Building Systems concentration

Office: 316 Olver Design Building
Phone: +1 (413) 545-1884
Email: clouston@eco.umass.edu

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Course Description

Introduces students to the mechanical behavior of engineered wood products and wood composites as contemporary structural building materials. Basic structural concepts including statics and strength of materials are addressed in a practical, hands-on manner. An overview of the relative merits of common structural wood products is provided. Practical applications of wood-based materials are highlighted throughout the course through in-class examples and illustrations, homework assignments and lab tutorials.

Pre-requisites: MATH 104 or Higher and PHYSICS 131 or Higher

Learning Goals

  • Understanding of how materials react when subjected to applied load
  • Ability to analyze external and internal forces in statically determinate plane structures
  • Ability to calculate stresses and strains in axial members
  • Ability to calculate bending and shear stresses in simple beams
  • Ability to structurally design simple beams


B.Onouye and K.Kane, Statics and Strength of Materials for Architecture and Building Construction. New Jersey, Prentice Hall, 4th ed., 2012 ISBN 978-0-13-507925-6

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