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Westergaard, Harold Malcolm

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Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-53605-6_339-1

Harold (born as Harald) Malcolm Westergaard (October 9, 1888, in Copenhagen, Denmark; †June 22, 1950, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) was a civil engineer working in theory of elasticity, plasticity, and fracture mechanics

Open image in new window Harold Malcolm Westergaard (courtesy by University of Illinois Archive)

Education

Westergaard studied civil engineering at the Polytechnic in Copenhagen. He graduated in 1911. One of his academic teachers was Asger Skovgaard Ostenfeld who established the strain method in statics allowing the analysis of frameworks.

Professional Carrier

After graduation he was employed as a civil engineer in Copenhagen, Hamburg, and London. He obtained during this time his knowledge on reinforced concrete structures. After that he entered the University of Göttingen working together with Ludwig Prandtl. He submitted his written dissertation at Königlich Bayerische Technische Hochschule München in 1915 (supervisor August Föppl), but with respect to the World...

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References

  1. Westergaard HM (1930) One hundred years of advance in structural mechanics. Trans ASCE 94:226–246Google Scholar
  2. Westergaard HM (1939) Bearing pressures and cracks. J Appl Mech 6:A49–A53Google Scholar
  3. Westergaard HM, Slater WA (1921) Moments and stresses in slabs. Proc Am Concrete Inst 17:415–538Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fakultät für Maschinenbau, Institut für MechanikOtto-von-Guericke-Universität MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany

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  1. 1.Fakultät für Maschinenbau, Institut für MechanikOtto-von-Guericke-Universität MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany