Author: Scott, W Basil
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Scott, W Basil
The making of canals is a very important branch of structural engineering. In fact,
it is no exaggeration to say that the Suez and Panama canals are among the greatest
engineering exploits ever performed. The subject of the present article has no such great work to his credit, but his name is of importance in the history of engineering because he was the chief pioneer of canal construction, and when one considers the limited means at his disposal, his achievement is a very remarkable one.
A Trystan Edwards
Sir - I am grateful for the support which Mr. Spencer gives in his letter towards the more extensive use of the New Sections, and for adding another to the list of those already rolled given by me.
Sir - May I suggest that the explanation why cement of flattened grain particles gives higher tensile (or compressive) strength is not "mechanical interlocking power;" but a greater exposed surface. The "gell" or "quick" state of the cement particles after the addition of water, will manifestly reach the centre of the flattened grain more rapidly than for a particle with less exposed surface but equal volume.
Before beginning the paper proper, perhaps a word or so will not be out of
place on the pronunciation of the title, whether it is “Acoostics ” or “Acowstics.”
As a matter of fact, both styles seem to be correct, one dictionary giving one form and one another. The “New Oxford” gives both. Also I understand that “Acoostics” is preferred in Scotland. We may, therefore, safely assume that it is a matter of individual choice.
A G Huntley