It seems apt this week, therefore, to discuss some engineering structures that live in infamy; noteworthy in their failure rather than their success. Ronan Point (1968) Younger engineers may not…Read More
So what is elegant design? There’s a notion in the father of all engineering; Mathematical Beauty. It’s the aesthetic pleasure derived from a solution; beauty in a method. Like farther, like 2/3rds son, Civil Engineering…Read More
Santa Loading is an abnormal load combination that occurs annually in the majority of Christian countries. It is thought to be caused by the arrival and departure of Farther Christmas. This Accepted Code of Practice…Read More
I thought I’d give this engineering hypothetical a shot: “How much needs go wrong before the factor of safety runs out, and a structure collapses?” Before we start, however, let me draw your attention to the…Read More
Not so long ago the aim of structural analysis was to develop simple, elegant, and reliable methods of design. The idea of splitting a member into thousands of tiny elements and calculating their individual behaviours…Read More
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