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Stainless steel is used throughout the building industry, although currently there are no British Standards offering authoritative design guidance. This paper summarises the properties of stainless steel which are of direct interest to the structural engineer. Aspects of material selection, strength, detailing, fabrication and erection are considered. Comment is included on stainless steel reinforcement for use in concrete structures. A.P. Mann
Design by natural selection? Professor W. M. Jenkins, introducing his paper ‘Structural optimisation with the genetic algorithm’ (The Structural Engineer, I7 December 1991), explained the basis of his optimisation procedure as follows. ‘Stochastic processes are used to generate an initial population of individual designs, and the process then applies principles of natural selection/survival of the fittest to find improved designs.’ Verulam