Content (Syllabus outline)

  • A short survey/recapitulation (materials, technologies) of surface finishing of wood and wooden products;
  • recognition of the most important factors of degradation of a surface system with regard to foreseen function and exposure conditions during utilisation of a wooden product or construction;
  • identification of requested key properties of a surface  system with respect to exposure conditions;
  • introduction to life cycle assessment (LCA), including the »cradle to grave« and »cradle to cradle« concepts;
  • selection of the most appropriate wood species or a wood-based composite type, optimal surface system and application method, to meet the demanded aesthetic and necessary protective properties, considering the product’s or construction’s form/shape and environmental and economic requests;
  • adjustment of the product’s shape/form in a  design phase, in order to achieve the expected durability and to be able to select a surface system and application method with a minimal negative impact on the environment;
  • study of real  cases from practice (case studies) with a focus on assessment of suitability of a form(shape)/construction, surface finishing system and application method in a function of protection against expected exposure conditions during utilisation of a product;
  • individual project work in the case of a selected real example (product/construction), consisting of the design/construction phase, selection of the most appropriate surface coating system, application method and manufacturing of a prototype surface finished wooden product.


1. Prerequisites for the work:

Entry in the corresponding year of the study programme.

2. Terms of prerequisites:

-   attendance at tutorials

-           defence and presentation of the project