Thermal performance of spaces enclosed by fabric membrane structures. In: Structural Membranes 2003, Barcelona, May, 2003 [conference proceeding], Barcelona.

Elnokaly, Amira, Chilton, John and Wilson, Robin (2003) Thermal performance of spaces enclosed by fabric membrane structures. In: Structural Membranes 2003, Barcelona, May, 2003 [conference proceeding], Barcelona. In: Structural Membranes 2003, May, 2003, Barcelona.

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Abstract

It is surprising to see how little published knowledge is currently available concerning the
environmental behaviour of membrane skins or on their impact on the spaces that they enclose.
Generally, textile membrane surfaces react very rapidly to external energy influences because of their
low thermal mass. This, combined with low thermal resistivity, generally means that cooling due to
winter thermal losses and excessive heating in summer by solar radiation of the inner space can only
be controlled by significant expenditure on heating and cooling plant. Considerate design of the form
found curvature and external/internal form of the membrane structure also offers a means of providing
appropriate levels of comfort within the enclosed space.
Early quantitative research into the environmental behaviour of spaces enclosed by fabric
membranes pointed out to the need for developing a technique for investigating the indoor climate of
such structures. Adopting the simple steady state technique, which was initially designed for
investigating the internal climate of more conventional buildings, proved to be inappropriate. Such
techniques are based on the use of U- values and shading coefficient, which as discussed briefly in this
paper do not have a significant affect on thin translucent fabric structures.

Keywords:Fabric Membrane Structures, Tensile Membranes, Low thermal mass
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment
ID Code:48078
Deposited On:16 Feb 2022 13:33

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