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Testing time

I read the cover story on the Clyde Arc (NCE 8 May) and congratulate the designers and the contractors for such a speedy work of repair on the bridge.

However, if it is not too late may I suggest that, before the bridge is fully open to the public, it be subjected to a proof loading test?

In my opinion it is important to reassure the public and the professionals in general that the bridge will not suffer the same fate as before.

The proof testing, which takes the load on the bridge a bit higher than the normal working load, would ensure that there are no causes for worry.

It would be particularly interesting to check the level of strains around the areas where the components failed in the original material.

DR NUTAN SUBEDI, reader in structural engineering (Retired), University of Dundee, n.k.subedi@dundee.ac.uk

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