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The airport at Eastleigh, Southampton, is one of the largest established airports on the south coast. It is particularly well served with surface transport links: Southampton is 5 miles to the south; the M27 motorway is within a mile and the rail station, within 50 miles of the Passenger Terminal, making it possible to get to London Waterloo in less than an hour.
Sometime over the weekend of 7 and 8 March 1987, part of the charging ramp to the famous Darby furnace at Coalbrookdale collapsed. Subsequent investigations revealed that other parts of the structure were also very unstable, and they were temporarily
The Hope problem
Readers have clearly found Mr Hope's problem, Verulam, Vol. 73 N0.22, 21 November 1995, interesting and we have had two different types of solution - one assuming lateral forces and the other not. As the methods adopted to find a solution have varied, Verulam has given fuller details of each. Geoffrey Pinfold from London, has sent the following:
The problem reminded me to try the influence coefficient taught at university in 1960 and not seen in many textbooks. The ‘grey matter’ still worked after 35 years and my solution enclosed. I hope it is correct!