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To the Editor of The Structural Engineer. Sir ,-Referring to your correspondent's letter in the October issue, perhaps a few straightforward and not wholly insignificant points may be of interest.
The articles by Mr. W. Basil Scott, in The Structural Engineer, for November, 1928, and August, 1929, on what he terms "Augmented Steel," must be of great interest to many engineers, like myself,who are dissatisfied with the uneconomic method of designing concrete-encased structural steelwork on the common assumption that, the steel derives no assistance from the concrete but, on the contrary, has to support it as a dead load. Such designing retards progress towards the best use of modern building materials or, as Mr. Scott has expressed it, "The practice imposes an unfair penalty on economic steelwork design." N.B. Carson
The object of this paper is to draw the attention of members of this Institution to some of the difficulties which have developed in the application of the L.C.C. General Powers Acts 1909 and 1923. W.C. Cocking