Southwest Retort, Volume 13, Number 6, February 1961 Page: 15
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Brewing Co., is a new lab technician in the
pill production group at SwRI.
Two new ranks have been created at
SwRI. These are the positions of Institute
Scientist, and Staff Scientist. The former
corresponds to approximately the level of
a Department Director, and the latter to
a Section Manager. These positions are
awarded on the basis of merit, and will
be given to outstanding scientists of SwRI
as an award for excellence in technical
achievements. They will correspond to the
administrative jobs, but will be entirely
technical in nature. The positions are
similar to those in industry in their scope.
Wood vs Steel
If you are thinking about building that
new office building with steel trusses for
the roof, better think again, and consider
-or reconsider-the use of lumber. In a
test run by SwRI for the National Lum-
ber Manufacturer's Association, of Wash-
ington, D. C., steel came off second best
to lumber as a material of construction
for roof joists. Steel has the property of
expanding on being heated, and also, of
losing much, if not all of its tensile
strength at temperatures above 6000-
700 F. Lumber chars, yes-but still re-
tains its strength and rigidity. The results
of the test were dramatically demon-
strated in a film of the test, shown recent-
ly at SwRI, and which will be distributed
by the sponsoring group. It was obvious
from the test that wood is overpenalized
by insurance companies, fire officials, and
building code advisors, as a material of
Using 4" by 14" joists, 19' long, side by
side with standard 14" wide steel trusses,
and heating these, under load of 30 lbs.
per square foot, to 1300F. for 13 min-
utes, the lumber joists remained in place,
and suffered only a 72" deflection. Char-
ring took place to a depth of 5/16" on
the sides, and 7/16" on the bottoms.
The steel-supported roof collapsed com-
pletely in 13 minutes; the wood-support-
ed room remained in place, and was safe
enough for workers to go on the roof and
remove the load (sand bags). 80% of the
wood was still present and active. The
lumber, further, had NOT been treated-
as most lumber you buy in the lumber
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W. F. WASER, Reporter
OFFICERS: Chairman: Byron L. Williams. Chairman-Elect: Max A. Mosesman.
Secretary: D. W. McDonald. Treasurer: James T. Richardson.
Councilors: James V. Cavender, Jr., J. L. Franklin, Jr., Clyde S. Brooks, Gordon 0. Guerrant.
The Universities and its Faculty mem-
bers that are scheduled for this series of
Science Interviews are sincerely dedicated
to the aim of filling the demand of In-
dustry and Research, with imaginative,
creative graduates that must fill the de-
mand of growing automation. To inject
a personal flavor to this By-Line, I sug-
gest section members contact their Public
Relations Department and have them
submit news items of member interest to
Dr. Loyd L. Woods, Chairman, Di-
vision of Natural and Physical Science,
and head of Department of Chemistry,
Texas Southern University, is profession-
ally known as one of the leading Scholas-
tic Scientists. Born in Iola, Kansas, Dr.
Woods became the fifth generation on the
family tree to be born in Iola, Kansas.
To mention some of his educational back-
ground, he holds an A.B. from Friends
University, Wichita, Kansas. M.S. from
Kansas State University; Ph.D. from Kan-
sas State. His membership in Technical
Societies include The Kansas Academy of
Science, Texas Academy of Science,
American Institute of Chemists, The
American Chemical Society. His Honorary
Memberships are Phi Lambda Upsilon,
Fellow, Texas Academy of Science. His
Biographical listings are American Men of
Science, Who's Who in Chemistry, Who's
Who In The Southwest, Who Knows and
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