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Dear Dave
I suggest for your thesis a subject that I have not found in any technical paper or book which is a one story frame using precast concrete columns and structural steel girders as rafters ( for an industrial building)  carrying self weight, and wind loads.Limit state design should be used. This frame is not laterally braced. This is an actual case for which I had to do a peer review for the proposed solution by another engineer.
Good luck
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Sent: Saturday, September 29, 2001 8:22 AM
Subject: Structural engineering undergraduate looking for ideas

I'm a final year student in D.I.T. in Dublin, Ireland. I'm currently looking for thesis topic.Unfortunately my original idea (post tensioning a beam by applied moments) was turned down. The task of finding an interesting and viable topic is deceptively difficult, I'm limited by the less than generous budget and outdated facilities, therefore i have to think small. The materials i was originally thinking of using were timber,steel or concrete.  Anything i can think of has already been covered over the course of the last 20 years by previous graduates
I would be most appreciative if anyone out there can throw any ideas my way,
Thanking you in advance,
Dave Mc Swiney

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