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Advanced or high performance composites are materials in which high strength and high modulus fibres are used in relatively high volume fractions and fibre orientation is controlled to enable high stresses to be carried predictably and safely, without the need for large factors to allow for uncertainty. Typical examples are plastics reinforced with either glass, aramid or carbon fibres. P.R. Head
David Lazenby (Vice-president) and Dr. John Dougill (Director of Engineering) visited Brussels in early October. The main purpose of their visit was to obtain an on-the-spot view of progress in the preparation of Eurocodes and their supporting standards, as well as to update our contacts in the European Commission and in the UK Representative’s Office. J.W. Dougill and D.W. Lazenby
Following the demise of MEMCON, I wrote to the then President, Peter Campbell, expressing my reasons for non-attendance and also extrapolating into further areas of the Institution’s life. Via the pages of Structural news, the retiring President challenged me to write a ‘Viewpoint’ article along the same lines. This, by its very nature, is a personal viewpoint, and I share in Peter Campbell’s wish that it may lead to further debate. P. Nuttall