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The cynical view that I have heard some people mention is that academia is
the root (evil) cause of LRFD.  Those people that are cynical about say
that in order to get more funding for research, the researchers switched
to LRFD...i.e. created a new method that needed to be research so they
needed more money.  That is a little dark for me.

I do believe that LRFD is pushed somewhat by the academic world.  It is
just an easier transition from research results to a strength base method.

BTW, what this bit about fluid're making my head hurt!!

Scott Maxwell, SE, PE

On Thu, 27 Apr 2000, Christopher Wright wrote:

> >Personally, my guess is that most people will be doing mostly LRFD within
> >the next 5 to 15 years.  As more of the younger generation (i.e.
> >those of us who learned LRFD in school) become more seasoned, there will
> >be more acceptance of the young pups that come out of school achin' to do
> >LRFD.
> Curious. As a young pup I was achin' to do what experienced engineers 
> were doing. Without meaning to step on anyone's sensibilities, could it 
> be that LRFD is being pushed on the profession by academia?
> Truth to tell, we're getting something of the sort over here on the dark 
> side. Pressure vessel code committees seem fairly heavy with academics, 
> probably because industry budgets for that sort of thing are getting 
> smaller. Seems like fewer papers from engineers in industrial practice 
> for technical conferences, I suspect for the same reason. 
> Seems like the first time I've run into a situation where a course of 
> instruction doesn't reflect professional practice but rather aims to 
> change such practice. Imagine someone walking into a fluid mechanics 
> class and announcing that viscosity is an obsolete term and thereafter 
> shearing stress is actually the velocity gradient divided by a better, 
> more up-to-date physical property called 'slipidity.' And never mind that 
> the physics hasn't changed--in five years viscous drag will be completely 
> replaced by non-slipitude, making the world a better place in which to 
> live. ;-> 
> Did I mention that I use ASD?
> Christopher Wright P.E.    |"They couldn't hit an elephant from
> chrisw(--nospam--at)        | this distance"   (last words of Gen.
> ___________________________| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)