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Several lessons have been learned about GRP and its application to building by the author's firm in carrying out a number of practical designs and supervising their construction. These, and lessons yet to be learned, are set out in relation to the many different facets of GRP behaviour in buildings.
A theoretical method is described for predicting the strength of stiffened plating loaded in uniaxial compression, and is used to analyse a range of cases. Local buckling is allowed for in the plating, by using an average compressive 'stress-strain' curve appropriate to the plate elements. However, local buckling is not allowed for in the stiffeners. The stiffened plating is analysed as a column, consideration being given both to pin-ended panels, and also to the effect of longitudinal continuity in a multi-bay structure. The study of pin-ended panels is restricted to the situation where overall failure is triggered by local failure of the plate.
Towards a European Code for concrete' may be construed in two ways; in the somewhat restricted sense of 'towards an EEC Code' or in the wider sense of towards a combined East-West Code'. Both are worth consideration but the following discussion is concerned mainly with the restricted construction of a Community Code.