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Professor Wells (Queen's University, Belfast): 'I should like to ask two questions, one to each of the authors. As we utilise steels of higher strengths there are obviously two extreme problems: one of maintaining ductility, and the other of maintaining resistance to instability, and the problem with which the authors are concerned will require even closer attention in the future.'
'The detailing of reinforced concrete' was published by the Concrete Society in conjunction with the Institution in August 1968. The Joint Committee have considered any additional recommendations necessary mainly as a result of decisions taken since their original report was drafted. A revised version, in wholly metric terms will be published later this year. Copies of the 1968 version are still available, price S7 each, from the Concrete Society, Terminal House, London SW7.
The majority of people are conservative, in a strictly non-political sense, and tend to regard any enforced change of habit with great misgivings. So it is with the coming Change to Metric and, as in many other instances, the apprehension arises out of uncertainty or ignorance of what the future holds in store. ‘Better the devil you know. . .’ The following notes, originally presented in lecture form and much edited since then, are intended not as a definitive guide but rather as words of encouragement with, it is hoped, a useful catalytic effect to assist each individual reader to make his own change.
Peter S. Rhodes