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B. FULL SIZE TESTS : 1. Beams of various spans, sections and composi

tions; 2. Building blocks and bricks as to: (a) Compressive strength, wet and dry

mixtures, (6) Transverse strength, wet and dry mix

tures,
(c) Shearing strength, wet and dry mix-

tures,
(d) Absorption, wet and dry mixtures,
(e) Permeability,
(f) Methods of waterproofing,
(9) Fire resisting qualities,

(h) Eflorescence. IV. Tests of reinforced concrete: Beams. A. PHYSICAL TESTS IN LABORATORY: 1. Varying percentages of round, square and flat

bars in bottom, 2. Varying percentages round, square and flat bars

in bottom and top.
Approved by the advisory board June 3, 1905.

CHARLES B. DUDLEY, President.
RICHARD L. HUMPHREY, Secretary.

DISCUSSION. MR. WILLIAM L. Hall: The Bureau of Forestry stands with the Geological Survey in certain tests along this line. In its work on the preservative treatment of wood, and the testing of structural timbers, the bureau is dealing with the same problems to which this Society has given its attention.

With its work in the testing of timbers most of you are already acquainted through the report given at the last meeting of this Society by Professor Hatt. The program which he presented to the Society two years ago, and which the Society has printed as a special paper, is being carried out with very little modification. Work will be carried forward from this time in six laboratories located at convenient points. Much attention is also being given by the bureau to the treatment of wood to make it last as long as possible. There is no doubt but that in wood properly treated the question of decay is practically eliminated. The important problems therefore in this work are:

1. What preservatives shall be applied under given conditions ?

2. How are the preservatives to be most efficaciously applied ?

3. The question of decay under control-how can timbers best be protected against mechanical wear?

The bureau will work on these problems by much the same system adopted for its timber tests. It will establish experimental plants wherever necessary on its own account, and in addition will carry on experiments in coöperation with railroads and other companies which operate treating plants.

In connection with its timber tests and preservative treatments, the bureau will go further and study the properties of different woods which particularly adapt them for special uses. It is just now beginning a study of woods for cooperage purposes, for vehicles and implement manufacture, for box boards and for paving blocks. The study will be extended later to other classes of wood.

Our hope is to reach that point where each of our commercial timbers can be so handled and used that it will give the greatest service it is capable of giving. In all of this work the Bureau desires to the fullest extent the counsel and coöperation of engineers who are interested in the results.

PROFESSOR GAETANO LANZA: In this connection it appears to me that it might be of interest to the members of this Society to learn of a piece of information I obtained a short time ago regarding another government department, namely, the Watertown Arsenal. I understand that there is great probability that instead of waiting until the end of the year before publishing the results of the tests made there, bulletins will be issued soon after the tests are made. I should suppose, if such a thing be done, that the bulletins would be distributed to persons especially interested in such tests.

MR. R. W. LESLEY: Referring to the point made by Professor Lanza, we all know that the government publishes a great deal of valuable information, and that much of that valuable information is buried. We realize that if this advisory board, and laboratory operated under its advice, is backed and sustained by the scientific societies of the country and by the money of the government, we shall have a means of circulating most valuable information to these people to whom that information will be of use. In other words, while we are all opposed to trusts for money making, I consider this a great big trust for information-information not for one but for all. I sincerely believe it is the beginning of one of the great institutions of this country-a big engineering experiment station.

INDEX.

Address. by the President: American Mining Schools. Fred W.
McNair

14
Agricultural Engineering in Land Grant Colleges. Teaching.. 166
Alderson, Victor C., Progress and Influence of Technical Education. 127
Allen, C. Frank., Discussion..

.56, 95, 110, 124, 150, 160
American Mining Schools..

14
Baker, Ira 0., Discussion..

149, 153

71

Cajori, Florian, Some Hints on Teaching Mathematics to Engineer-
ing Students

26
Christensen, George L., An Elementary Course in Properties of
Materials

279
Constitution and Rules Governing the Council.

.xxxviii
Cornell Summer School of Surveying. The..
Course in Mine Surveying A.......

59
Crandall, Charles L., The Cornell Summer School of Surveying... 71
Design and Equipment of Engineering Buildings. Principles Gov-
ering the

146
Dudley, Charles B., The Testing Engineer.

233
Education of Mechanics.

177
Elementary Course in the Properties of Materials..

279
Engineering Buildings. Principles Governing the Design and
Equipment of

146
Engineering Graduates in the Government Service. Opportunities
for ....

87
Engineering Instruction in Large Technical Schools....

114
Ford, Arthur H., The Organization of a School of Engineering.... 100
Discussion

....108, 112, 113
Freedman, W. H., Discussion..

209
Ganz, Albert F., Discussion..

54
Geographical Distribution of Members.

.xxxii
Summary of Members.

.xxxiv
Goss, W. F. M., Discussion...

297
Graduates in the Government Service. Opportunities for Engi-
neering

87
Graduation. Report of the Committee on Requirements for.. 205
108
Magruder, Wm. T., Discussion..

6

Hall, William L., Discussion..

318
Hatt, W. K., A Laboratory Course in Testing Materials of Con-
struction

252
Discussion

302
Hayford, John F., Opportunities for Engineering Graduates in the
Government Service

87
Discussion

.96, 97
Hibbard, H. Wade., Discussion...

.53, 207, 297
Highway Engineering. The Need for Instruction in....

155
Holmes, J. A., Plan and Scope of the Proposed Investigation of

Structural Materials under the auspices of the United States
Geological Survey....

304
Howe, Charles S., Discussion... .30, 45, 49, 74, 76, 150, 154, 202
Humphrey, Richard L., Plan and Scope of the Proposed Investiga-

tion of Structural Materials by the United States Geological
Survey

304
Instruction in Highway Engineering. The Need for......

155
Johnson, A. N., The Need for Instruction in Highway Engineering. 155
Discussion

162, 164
Kent, Wm., Discussion....

...225, 301
Ketchum, M. S., Secretary's Report..

12
Discussion

. 165, 174, 175
Laboratory Course in Testing Materials of Construction. A.. ... 252
Lane, Henry M., Education of Mechanics..

177
Lanza, Gaetano, Discussion.

.300, 320
Lesley, William, Discussion..

320
List of Council
Deceased Members

.xxxiv
“ Members

vii
" Members of Previous Councils..

Xxxvii
“ Officers
" Past Officers

.xxxvi
“ Standing Committees..
Discussion.

107, 125
Marburg, Edgar., Discussion...

.32, 49, 96, 108, 148, 151, 153
Maurer, Edward R., Methods of Handling Problem Work in Large
Classes

34
Mechanics. Education of....

177
Merriman, Mansfield, Discussion..

.52, 85, 299
Metcalf, William, Discussion...

198
Methods of Handling Problem Work in Large Classes-A Symposium 34

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