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The method presented here is applicable only to portal frames with hinged base columns, but as about 80 per cent. of every-day portal design comes under this category, it must be agreed that this fact does not seriously affect its usefulness to the designer. J.F. Horridge
Beton Precontraint, by Y. Guyon. Preface by E. Freyssinet. (Paris : Eyrolles, 1951.) Pp. 728, 1O in. x 7 in., 503 Figs. 4,500 Fr. As the author points out in the preface, prestressing is a general principle which may be employed by different means in a great variety of cases. To write a complete treatise on the subject seems to be an impossible task. The purpose of the author is to develop general principles by analysing a few applications in detail and to describe the methods of execution which may be adopted for other applications. The present book, comprising 700 pages, is the first volume of a comprehensive work on the subject.