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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.
Mr I.P. Gillson (M) (Central Electricity Generating Board): I draw the attention of specifying engineers to the need to
-study carefully the September 1983 draft ‘Guidance notes’ when dealing with particularly vulnerable structures
-consider the relevance of tests on mortar prisms and cubes to the risk of ASR damage
-consider the scale effects of concrete samples on the risk of ASR damage
-examine evidence from concrete that has been damaged by ASR