Module: Further topics in timber engineering Unit: Glued joints

Date Published

17 August 2022

Document Type




Structural glued joints are generally stiffer, require less timber and have a better appearance than mechanically fastened connections. They are resistant to corrosive atmospheres, and joints made with thermosetting resins are safer in fire than mechanically fastened connections.

Structural joints with glues are manufactured in accordance with BS 6446, small finger joints in accordance with BS EN 385 and large finger joints in accordance with BS EN 387. Glued joints in I-joists are covered by ETAG 11.

Key Information

A discussion on glued joints is present with a proposed design method. Glue types and their usages are discussed with example conditions of usage.

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