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The Structural Engineer

The academic sector, alongside other sections in the UK, has been subjected to severe rationalisation. In addition to these changes, different performance indicators have been tagged on to many aspects of academic activities. Research and related activities are targets for evaluation by research assessment exercise (RAE) panels to audit performance expectations. The salient indicators are: - levels reached and the numbers involved in the doctorate awards, in addition to the percentage of success-rates in PhDs between successive RAE visits - quality of publications in academic and professional journals of national and international standing, - the extent to which research funds are awarded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the leverage for release of which would depend on the resources secured from industry and thus the relevance of research to industrial and national priorities R. Delpak

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The Bridgend Cross Valley Link Road scheme, shown on Fig l, involved major changes to the road layout and upgrading of the existing highway network in the town centre. The main purpose of the scheme was to alleviate the traffic congestion by removing the through traffic; pedestrianisation of the town centre could then follow. The scheme forms part of the upgrading of classified routes in and around Bridgend which include previous improvement of the Inner Bypass, Tremains Road extension, the widening of Cowbridge Road east of the railway bridge, and the ongoing construction of the Bridgend Northern Distributor Road to link up with the M4 motorway at Sarn. J.P. Charrington and A.K. Sorley

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Author – Charrington, J P;Sorley, A K

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To prepare for the next millennium, General Electric Aircraft Engine Services Ltd has invested more than $30M in the development of a new aircraft engine test facility and workshop at Nantgarw, South Wales, for its GE90 engine. This paper describes the development and the design of the test cell, workshop structure and control building, site infrastructure and overhead engine-handling system. It also briefly outlines the history of the project from the initial development stage, which commenced in December 1995, through to its completion in February 1998. The test cell is a twin-skin construction in reinforced concrete. It is 113m in length, and the highest part of the exhaust stack is 36m above the test cell floor. The height of the exhaust stack and test-cell form were selected to satisfy rigorous acoustic design requirements. S.J. Luke, M. McElligott and M. Everett

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Author – Luke, S J;McElligott, M;Everett, M

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Newport Wafer Fab were formed in 1982 by the incorporation of Advanced Semiconductor Assembly Technology (ASAT Inc.) and Newport Wafer Ltd. The resulting company offers a unique turnkey semiconductor manufacturing foundry service. E. Travers-Jones

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Author – Travers-Jones, E

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The Structural Engineer

There has been considerable debate in the past about The Structural Engineer and whether it reflects the members’ wishes regarding the content of their journal. 5 years ago the view was expressed that it contained too many academic papers and too few that were of direct relevance to practising engineers. This was considered to be the consequence of: - the onus on researchers to publish the results of their research in order to maintain funding engineers which left little time for writing papers - the commercial pressures on practising engineers which left little time for writing papers R.A. Smith

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The paper provides a general overview of the structural design of a unique and complex covered sewage treatment works in Swansea, South Wales, by illustrating the diversity of issues that were addressed, requiring varied and innovative solutions. The structural design philosophy, methods of analysis and detailing adopted to address key serviceability criteria are also examined. J.K. Kenward

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Author – Kenward, J K

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