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Suddenly applied loads A year ago, we published a letter from Mr N. W. Sutton in New Zealand. He asked for help in resolving what he considered to be an anomaly in the standard solution for the effect of a suddenly applied load on a beam. We received a variety of replies, which ranged from incredulity that the letter should have been published to the more academic, pointing out the limitations of the usual textbook solution that the deflection is twice that under static loading. In retrospect, the value of the contributions appears to have justified the appearance of the letter. Verulam