The use of iron: Edward Diestelkamp
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Another characteristic associated with iron by early enthusiasts for its use was its supposed infallible strength. The dramatic failures of strength and collapses of large structures that occurred during the 19th century were not anticipated early in the century. The strength of the material was to be one of the main pursuits of investigation for many designers and engineers during the remainder of the century. These often were directly related to design proposals and constructional problems. There was a tendency to undersize structural iron members for their intended purpose, particularly in the first half of the century. This is probably due to the general desire for a 'lightness of effect' in structures so admired by Repton, Loudon and others.