17aic-2015

Design rules for steel and composite structures using overseas product standards

As an extension to the Australian Journal of Structural Engineering paper that was reported in last month’s HERA News, the paper entitled ‘Australasian Advances in Steel & Composite Structures to Enhance Cross-Border Practice’ was delivered by Prof. Brian Uy (CIES Director and Chair of IABSE-Australia) at the 17th Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines…

lei-chen-aggat-global-conference-2015

AGGAT progress update for June

Above Ground Geothermal & Allied Technologies (AGGAT) is a HERA-led co-operative research programme to support the development of Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) power plants utilizing low enthalpy geothermal resources or waste heat. The geothermal turbine, which converts the working fluid’s enthalpy into kinetic energy and then outputs the power, plays a crucial role in the…

blue-book

Resource – Code of practice for fabrication of stainless steel plant & equipment blue book

The third edition of the Code of Practice for the Fabrication of Stainless Steel Plant & Equipment referred to as the “Blue Book”, is now available. The “Blue Book”, as it is generally known as in industry, has established itself as a key document for the specification of stainless steel plant in New Zealand. It…

print-versus-digital

Against the trend? New Steel Construction returns to print format

After one year as a digital only publication, New Steel Construction (NSC), the well-known and respected steel construction marketing publication of the UK Steel Construction Institute (SCI) is reverting to the traditional paper format as from the Structural Steel Design Awards special issue in July/August. Following numerous requests from subscribers and advertisers, SCI has decided…

publication-review

Recent HERA publications internationally peer reviewed

A number of journal papers have recently been published that have been co-authored by our  General Manager Structural SystemsDr Stephen Hicks. They’re now available to members from our library. Details for each of these papers are given below.   Safety Factors for the Resistance of Steel Sections Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, by Kang WH, Hicks…

fcaw-welds

Notice – Surface imperfections on welds made with flux cored arc process

The flux cored arc welding (FCAW) process is widely used in NZ for the welding of steel; the gas-shielded process variation for in the workshop, and the self-shielded option for site work. While FCAW has a proven track record as a productive and reliable process, welds made with cored wires may occasionally have distinctive surface…

haiam-abbas-hera

Welcome to Dr Haiam Abbas – our new Research Engineer

Dr. Haiam Abbas graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Baghdad and went on to complete her Master of Engineering and a PhD in Chemical & Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland. She is also a member of the Society of Chemical Engineers in New Zealand. Haiam brings with her…

web-post-buckling-cellular-beam

Resource – Fire protection of beams with web-openings

Beams with web openings can include cellular beams fabricated from rolled sections or plate girders with circular or rectangular openings cut in the webs. Typical long-span floor beams of this nature are designed to act compositely with the floor slab, which greatly increases their load carrying capabilities. Authored by Prof. R Mark Lawson of Surrey…