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All the articles from the March 2019 issue.
Publish Date ‐ 1 March 2019
We received a fantastic response to The Structural Engineer reader survey in 2018, with 1730 of you taking the time to complete it. The spread of respondents was a good reflection of the Institution’s membership: 60% were based in the UK and 40% outside the UK; the largest categories were Chartered Members (30%), Graduate Members (30%) and Student Members (16%). Here’s what you told us…
This paper concludes a two-part introduction to bridge design for structural engineers. Together, the two parts identify nine major issues relating to bridges, of which structural engineers more familiar with building design should be aware.
Part 1 (published in January 2019) addressed construction, aesthetics, value, environment and loads. Part 2 now considers materials, structural elements, structural effects and detailing.
Andy Yates provides an introduction to construction standards. While the article focuses on British Standards in the UK, the principles discussed are applicable to any jurisdiction.
A significant-sized opening in a masonry wall will always require a lintel to bridge over it. This note offers advice on the different types of lintel available, their detailing requirements and design.
In response to a Viewpoint in the January issue, Bill Harvey makes a case that design can only be taught successfully if underpinned by design practice.
This month's letters focus primarily on the question of gender balance in engineering, with many readers angered by a view expressed in the February issue. Other topics include design-and-build contracts, design of gantry girders to the Eurocodes, scale effects, and a warning about overestimating the accuracy of analyses.
This seminal textbook is an essential – and highly enjoyable – read for any structural engineer involved with the design of shell structures, concludes Tim Ibell.
Gareth Evans finds this to be an informative text on structural health monitoring – a subject that will become increasingly important to structural engineers in the future.
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In this section we shine a spotlight on papers recently published in Structures – the Research Journal of The Institution of Structural Engineers.
This month we highlight articles that have recently been made available online.
This month's contribution comes from Sandra Peña Pérez and concerns horizontal reactions in a beam subjected to an axial load.