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John Roberts, the incoming President, is perhaps best known for work on complex steel structures, refurbishment of historic buildings and the highly specialised field of theme park rides.
Mr K. G. Brunskill (M)
I am surprised that the discussion contains no mention of Dr Paul Abeles who pioneered all the work on the inverted T-beam and whose beam and slab tests of the late 1940s and early 1950s were well recorded in The Structurul Engineer at the time.
A structure is vulnerable if any damage produces consequences that are disproportionate to that damage; conversely, a structure is robust if it can withstand arbitrary damage. The purpose of this paper is to present a new theory of structural vulnerability. It is a theory of structural form and connectivity, the purpose of which is to identify the ‘weak links’ within a structure. It is not a theory of the response of a structure to loads.
Z. Lu, Y. Yu. N.J. Woodman and Professor D.I. Blockley