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The paper following embodies a description of works recently carried out in the construction of Meaford Power Station and has been confined to the civil engineering and structural aspects of the station, principally as regards the foundation works and certain features and methods of construction it was thought may be of interest.
It is not proposed to describe in detail any welded structures but rather to review some recent developments in this country and abroad and to present a critical survey with certain conclusions and reccrrmendations. No attempt will be made to cover the vast field in every aspect or to treat the subject in a text-bock-like manner. Certain tendencies deserve attention and it is hoped that their discussion by you may stimulate practical progress. Among the selected subjects are statistical records, war-time and post-war developments, welding research, incentives to modern design, codes and regulations, improved welding processes, the economy of welded structures. Some slides and possibly a film will give examples of structural work actually done.
The heading of this article may at first appear strange, as every Engineering Handbook contains tables of the properties of Rolled Steel Joists. Such tables usually give the dimensions and weights of the various standard sections, and in addition contain information on their resistance to tension (area), compression (radius of gyration), to bending (section modulus), and to deflection (moment of inertia). Although a wide range of applications of R.S.J.’s is thereby covered, cases occur not infrequently where further information on some particular dimension or property is required.
Dr. H. Gottfeldt