This programme takes a look at the construction of stairs. It will explore the deceptively simple engineering in structurally efficient, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly stairs. A direct lecture by a leading engineer and stair expert looks at how stone and timber stairs can be built without stringers and visible means of structural support.

Key Learning:

  • How simple ply box stairs, solid timber or stone stairs stand up
  • How low-tech prefabricated treads and stairs can be designed and built
  • How non-cantilevered stairs transfer loads
  • Stair fixings
  • Stone versus concrete – strength and durability
  • Structural forces on stairs and within strings
  • Pre-tensioned construction problems
  • The forces on stair treads and risers, shear forces and turning moments

About the contributor

Steve Webb, structural engineer, Webb Yates

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