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MR. F. E. DRURY (Past President), proposing a hearty vote of thanks to Dr. Walker, recalled that some years ago the Institution had a paper on the structure of the aeroplane frame by Professor Pugsley, and at that time members made up their minds that although aeroplane structures did not come within normal structural engineering, the aeroplane itself was a structure-a complicated one-and one deserving of any structural engineer’s attention. He did not claim to know anything about the peculiarities of design, but it was quite easy, he thought, to see that in the design of the frame it was simply a question of applying principles of design when the proper forces were known, and he supposed the real difficulty was in estimating those forces.
WHEN the subject of this Paper was first chosen it was the intention to present in some detail some aspects of the problems of defence that had engaged the attention of the Structural Engineer between the years 1939 to 1945.
Letters this month raise concerns about the the forces cited in an article published in May 2015 on assessing the capacity of the Grand Parade stone balustrade in Bath, UK; as well as considering structural safety margins and code discrepancies in relation to steel web buckling.