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Definition. Reinforced brickwork (abbreviation R.B.) is a composite structural material consisting of load-bearing brickwork masonry into which lengths of suitable metal (normally steel) are introduced and so bonded as to render the resultant composite capable of resisting not only the compressive stresses but also the tensile and shear stresses which obtain in a structure. It follows from this definition that not only may individual structural members, such as walls, columns and simple, continuous and cantilever beams and slabs be rationally designed and constructed in reinforced brickwork, but that those bonded assemblages of such members normally designated "framed structures," may also be so designed and constructed. Conrad W. Hamann
Lock gates usually consist of a pair of leaves turning upon vertical heelposts placed in the hollow-quoin recesses of the side walls, meeting at an angle in the centre of the opening, and shutting, at the same time, against the pointing sill at the bottom. This type of gates offers many advantages as well as some inconveniences, among which are the thrust on the side walls, difficulty in ensuring the complete closing of the leaves and water-tightness along the meeting posts and the sill against which the gates abut. V. Cherre
On 20 July last, under ref. BRA/1068/2, the DOE addressed the letter given below to local authorities, new town development corporations, etc. The letter contains an assessment of the BRE Report on the failure of roof beams at Sir John Cass's Foundation and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School, Stepney, and sets out a programme of action for inspection and assessment. Attached to the letter was an annex 'Suggestions for testing high alumina cement concrete' which is published on page 326.