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PRELIMINARY REMARKS BY THE AUTHOR.
In submitting this paper for your consideration I would like to explain for the benefit of those who do not know me that I am not a legal man but an engineer like yourselves, and, incidentally, a contractor, and if, as such, I am dealing with rather an unusual subject, I am doing so in the hope that a layman’s experience may be of interest. I do not propose to read the paper, which, no doubt,you have all had the opportunity of perusing, and which I trust will at least, have the effect of bringing to your notice some points of law of which previously you may not have been aware.
I propose in this address to invite your consideration of some of the principles upon which our present day structural design is based and to remember some of the scientists of bygone days to whom we are indebted for the discovery of these principles.
Dr. Graham Owens (Imperial College of Science & Technology): As the person responsible for the development of the testing arrangements for the large-scale model I would like to say a few words about the particular difficulties of applying hydrostatic loading for a test to failure on a model of this scale and shape.