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Suddenly applied loads Readers will recall a letter from Mr N. W. Sutton (September 1985) in which he sought help in resolving a difficulty he had found in calculating the stress in a tie bar due to a suddenly applied load. His letter brought a very substantial response from members, which was referred to in the column in December. Since then we have had more letters on the subject, from Mr F. Myerscough of Preston, Mr N. Jackson of Dundee, writing from Riyadh, and Prof. S. R. Reid of UMIST. Each of the writers points out the error in Mr Sutton’s reasoning, and Prof. Reid adds further comments of more general interest. Verulam