Environmental aspects of tensile membrane enclosed spaces

Elnokaly, Amira and Chilton, John and Wilson, Robin (2002) Environmental aspects of tensile membrane enclosed spaces. In: Lightweight Structures in Civil Engineering, LCSE 2002 IASS PC., June 24-28, 2002, Warsaw, Poland.

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Abstract

Buildings enclosed by fabric membranes are very sensitive to changes in environmental conditions as a result of their low mass and low thermal insulation values. Development in material technology and the understanding of the structural behaviour of tensile membrane structures along with the vast progress in computer formfinding software, has made it possible for structural design of tensile membrane structures to be approached with almost total confidence. On the contrary, understanding of the environmental behaviour in the spaces enclosed by fabric membrane and their thermal performance is still in its infancy, which to some extent has hindered their wide acceptance by the building industry. The environmental behaviour of tensile membrane structures is outlined and the possible use of the fabric’s topology and geometry particularly to enhance ventilation rates and airflow velocities within the enclosed space is discussed. A need for further research in this area is identified in order to fully realise the potential benefits offered by these structures.

Keywords:Environmental Behaviour; Tensile Membrane Structures; Fabric Membrane Skin; Fabric Topology and Geometry
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:8519
Deposited On:30 Mar 2013 21:22

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