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After visits in previous years to Bristol, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Paris, and Manchester, this year the History Group chose Glasgow for its annual 3-day study meeting. Arrangements were made from London by Julia Elton and John Bancroft, as before, while this time our invaluable Scottish helpers were mainly Roland Paxton and Gordon Masterton. On the evening of our arrival, they set up an exhibition of drawings and old photographs and outlined the visits they had planned for the next 3 days.
A description is given of experimental tests on 15 steel panels, each fabricated by spot welding steel face plates onto a corrugated steel core to form a sandwich. This form of construction is being investigated with a view to its use as decking on offshore platforms. All the panels had plan dimensions of 2.1 m x l m and cores consisting of top-hat stiffeners (Fig 1) of depth 60 mm, placed side by side. Each panel was tested by subjection to uniform lateral (z-direction, Fig l) loading over its entire surface, firstly when simply supported along all boundaries and then when simply supported across its y-direction boundaries only. C. Norris, Professor P. Montague and K.H. Tan
I believe that the UK needs many different kinds of construction R&D. Research that leads to new products, underlies regulation for public safety, gives confidence for individual construction projects, improves the efficiency of construction firms, or develops fundamental theory, is all valuable. But perhaps most important is that research which leads to authoritative state-of-the-art guidance documents to good practice which construction professionals can have in their intellectual tool-kit. P.L. Bransby