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The theory of the finite difference method of stability analysis for simple end-loaded variable section members is explained. The theory is developed to give an easy-to-use method for the buckling analysis of steel compression members with any variation of flexural stiffness, pattern of axialloading and support conditions. Data requirements for an analysis are listed and the application of the method to three different structural steelwork problems is described.
Professor A. L. L. Baker (F): Mr. President, will attempt to be concise and comprehensible but not comprehensive, and begin by complimenting Dr. Matthews on his introduction and grasp of the task before us of creating a common international concrete Code. The national delegates who first met at Luxembourg in 1953 were unofficial enthusiasts. Colonel Galbraith, who was President at that time, had the
foresight to see the significance of the CEB which was then formed and he asked me to attend.
We continue to receive useful and interesting letters on trussed rafters. From Mr. G. E. Dickinson : The matters raised by Mr. H. Gorzelany (February '77) and Mr. R. A. Gill (May '77) on the subject of trussed rafters prompts me to add further comments.