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Coping with high shear forces in concrete flat slabs In our issue for 15 October last, Bryan Bates commented on his experience in the use of rolled steel sections in the shearheads of a reinforced concrete slab required to have a completely flat soffit. Mr Bates described the proof testing that was considered necessary to ensure that the design would perform satisfactorily. Richard Baynes, of Peterborough, describes his experience of a similar situation: I noted with interest Mr Bates’ letter, as many years ago I was associated with a similar scheme, albeit in a junior capacity. Verulam