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Concerns over structural design submissions

Report ID: 14 Published: 1 November 2005 Region: CROSS-UK

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Concern was expressed about the standard of structural design submissions presented to local authorities.

Key Learning Outcomes

For civil and structural design engineers:

  • The effect of torsion on beams due to eccentric loads requires close attention and detailing 

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Concern was expressed from one source about the standard of structural design submissions presented to local authorities. Three issues were highlighted: timber members and their connections, the design of masonry under lateral loading, and torsional restraint on steel beams. Indeed torsional effects are thought by the reporter to be often ignored and this can lead to distortions and undue deflection.

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Even on simple elements such as cladding, torsion can cause failure and co-operation between designers and fabricators is important.

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