Study programmes / C-TIMS Timber Structures and Wood Building Construction / Modified wood for construction
Course code:MDPS
Course title in language of instruction:Modifikované dřevo pro stavby
Course title in Czech:Modifikované dřevo pro stavby
Course title in English:Modified wood for construction
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (4 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/1
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:master
Semester:WS 2018/2019 - FFWT
Name of lecturer:Ing. Aleš Dejmal, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites:State Bachelor Examination
Aims of the course:The subject Modified Wood for Buildings is focused on properties of modified wood. Student should get knowledge how to change properties of solid wood through hydrothermal treatment, chemical substances, physical fields and mechanical load. Practices are focused on assessment of physical and mechanical properties and changes in wood structure. Very important part of the education is related to application of modified materials for interior and exterior.
Course contents:
1.Introduction to wood modification for buildings (allowance 2/1)
2.Wood drying for buildings (allowance 2/1)
3.Design of drying chambers for buildings and carpentry products (allowance 2/1)
4.How to buy and check new drying chamber (allowance 2/1)
5.Research and development of methods for chemical modification of wood (allowance 2/1)
6.Wood treatment for lowering EMC (allowance 2/1)
7.Wood steaming (allowance 2/1)
8.Influence of ammonia to wood properties (allowance 2/1)
9.BendyWood (allowance 2/1)
10.Wood pressing (VTC) (allowance 2/1)
11.Heat treatment of wood (allowance 2/1)
12.Microwave and plasma treatment of wood (allowance 2/1)
13.Resin and sugar solutions treatment of wood (allowance 2/1)
14.Modified wood for buildings -- conclusions (allowance 2/1)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to work independently
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Ability to develop wood drying/modification process
-Ability to develop wood modification process
-Technical problems analysis and resolution
-The ability to expertly describe the structures
-The ability to select appropriate materials for the proposed construction

Type of course unit:optional
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:credit
- at least 80% attendance
- 2 tests during the course (min. 50 %)
- submission of a report during the course

- prerequisite: credit is compulsory for final exam participation
- form: oral
- duration: 30 min.
- number of questions: 1 main and 1 additional
- evaluation: min. 70 %
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice14 h
     preparation for exam40 h
     preparation for regular assessment20 h
     preparation for regular testing5 h
     preparation of presentation5 h
Total112 h

Basic reading list
  • GANDELOVÁ, L. -- ŠLEZINGEROVÁ, J. -- HORÁČEK, P. Nauka o dřevě. 3rd ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2009. 176 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-312-2.
  • DEJMAL, A. Základy hydrotermické úpravy a ochrany dřeva.
  • KAFKA, E. Technologie II: dřevařská technologie pro 3. roník středních průmyslových škol dřevařských. 1st ed. Praha: SNTL, 1984. 172 p.