The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 7 (1929) > Issues > Issue 5 > Steel for Structural Purposes
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Steel for Structural Purposes

I should like to say a few words at the outset with regard to your position as structural engineers. You are in the habit of taking a metal which is produced to the extent of millions of tons in many civilised countries, and using it as an engineering material. It is produced, from the economic point of view, at the very minimum cost. One reason why we cannot as a nation adopt a really respectable fiscal policy is the fact that we still persist in importing huge quantities of structural steel at slightly above £6 a ton. I mention this because the economic side is apt to appeal to you so strongly as to restrict your mental outlook from a truly engineering point of view. Do, please, regard that as being said in the kindest way. If you go into the big works which are producing the kind of steel which you use you will see evidence of mass production, large casts of steel being made and paased through the rolling mill, and you will have to realise that those steel works from the economic point of view are dependent for their success upon the turning out of a huge quantity of this material always in competition with the Continent and in face of an attrition effect, bringing down the price to the lowest economic point. Dr. W.H. Hatfield

Author(s): Hatfield, W H

Keywords: steel;properties