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Sir,-We welcome this paper by Dr. Wood because for the first time in an official publication the nonproportionality of the stanchion moments with the load, for increase of loads above the design loads, is recognised and the irrational basis of the theory published by the Steel Structures Research Committee is clearly demonstrated.
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.
The PRESIDENT proposed a very hearty vote of thanks to Professor Probst for his extremely valuable contribution to knowledge on Portland cement and concrete, and assured him that the members of the Institution appreciated very highly tho paper itself, and the fact that Professor Yrobst had travelled to London in order to present it.