Use of fabric membrane topology as an intermediate environment modifier

Elnokaly, Amira, Chilton, John and Wilson, Robin (2003) Use of fabric membrane topology as an intermediate environment modifier. In: The 20th conference of Passive and Low Energy Architecture, PLEA 2003, Santiago, Chile, November 9-12, 2003, pp. E-17., November 9-12, 2003, Santiago, Chile.

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This paper describes the pattern of airflow around membrane structures, and how they along with the form of the structure itself affect the ventilation rates within their enclosures or their immediate vicinity. Examples that have successfully used membrane skins in the built environment will be reviewed. The possible use of tensile membrane structures topology and orientation to enhance ventilation rates and natural cooling within the semi-enclosed spaces will be discussed. The use of the indigenous fabric skin to tackle key climatic concerns in a simple, elegant manner is discussed along with the review of the wind tunnel experimental visualisation and measurements carried out by the author. These structures go beyond simply providing shading to illustrate innovative, environmentally friendly fabric Architecture, but if properly understood the fabric’s form and topology can play an effective role in the ventilation and natural cooling of spaces in their immediate vicinity.

Keywords:Comfort in public open spaces; Tensile fabric membranes, natural ventilation, airflow rates, structural form and topology
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K990 Architecture, Building and Planning not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:8518
Deposited On:30 Mar 2013 21:42

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