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January 1971 was the first occasion that the Institution examined candidates for corporate membership in the Part 3 Examination only; and the first time that the Technician Test was set. This review of the performance of both groups of candidates is based upon the reports of the respective examiners, all of whom are practising chartered structural engineers with an average age of well below forty.
The principal theme underlying the paper is the development-from a structural engineering standpoint-of a form of construction for high riseflats, based essentially
on ‘factory-made’ components, on the one hand quicker to build than more traditional forms of in situ reinforced concrete construction and, on the other, comparable in
terms of cost and also structural behaviour if subjected to an abnormal load.
An earlier paper by Khan and Kemp considered the elastic composite action in a slab-beam system, in which the ends of the beams are resting on rigid columns. In this paper, the elastic composite action study is extended to include the flexural stiffness and the end conditions of the elastic columns.