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I read Professor MacLeod’s ‘Viewpoint’ with great interest and, while agreeing generally with his views, would like to add one or two comments concerning the causes of cracking in masonry. Mr. William Skinner
Author’s introduction: I think that the Institution is to be congratulated on its choice of subject for discussion in January 1984. (At the same time I apologise for my crack in the last line of the introductory note; I had no idea that the BBC would go overboard with their programmes about George Orwell.)
This paper describes one of the authors’ developments in ‘engineered’ masonry construction-the fin wall. The structural form of the fin wall is described and its development for use in tall, single-storey buildings detailed. Present uses, advantages, and potential future applications, are outlined, in particular the present and future use of the post-tensioned masonry fin. The theoretical and structural design considerations are discussed and the need for engineering research is highlighted. W.G. Curtin, G. Shaw, J.K. Beck and G.I. Parkinson