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Mr A. C. G. Hayward (F) (Cass Hayward & Partners): The new national steelwork document should be welcomed by most engineers in that they need expend less effort in writing a specification for what is a specialised product. Provided that the document is widely adopted, employers should benefit long term from more uniform pricing of steel fabrication, and it appears to be gaining acceptance. A unique specification always attracts higher rates, because of either lack of familiarity or the need for the fabricator to institute procedures (such as machine ending) extra to his normal production line.
On 16 January 1990, the Institution is to hold a l day meeting on the theme ‘Design criteria for nuclear structures’. Structures built to enclose or support nuclear plant have to meet the demands imposed from a rational safety case and are subjected to loading conditions which require them to be designed and constructed to stringent standards. These standards have evolved to serve the safety and reliability demands of the defence, nuclear power generation, and reprocessing industries.
The stability of a beam may be seriously reduced when the beam is supported on seat supports that prevent only the tension flange from deflecting laterally. The buckling mode will then be distortional, with local web distortions at the supports increasing the lateral deflections during buckling. An elastic finite element analysis of distortional buckling is verified in the paper against experimental results for partial end restraint. The elastic analysis is then used to evaluate the critical load of a beam on a seat support under moment gradient. An inelastic extrapolation of the distortional buckling analysis is compared with test results on hot-rolled beams and is then used to study the relationship between the slenderness and inelastic buckling strength of a beam with a seat support. M.A. Bradford