air-supported structure

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pneumatic structure

A very lightweight enclosed structure, usually fabricated of a membrane of an impervious material and supported by the difference in air pressure between the exterior and the interior of the structure rather than by a structural framework. Fans must maintain the interior pressure slightly in excess of normal atmospheric pressure to prevent the structure from slowly deflating and collapsing. Used primarily as a temporary enclosure or to house sports facilities such as tennis courts and swimming pools. Also called an air-supported structure.
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For some construction projects, the answer to dealing with winter weather is to construct the building inside a tent or air-supported structure, although it increases costs considerably.
We've tried domes and air-supported structures, but they don't always make economic sense.
After use, the air-supported structure can be taken down, decontaminated, and repackaged for shipment, storage, and reuse.
Air-supported structures could fill this need and have several advantages:
At $15 per square foot for construction and erection, air-supported structures would cost approximately 80 percent less than conventional, permanent structures.
Military-owned and -warehoused air-supported structures can be ordered and received in as little as 6 weeks.
The FieldTurf surface will be domed by an air-supported structure, the first of its kind in Texas.
The contract is for the maintenance cleaning for a management period of 6 months (with an extension option for the client) of a total of 3 air-supported structures (in partial lots, each 1 Traglufthalle) by the contractor during operation, incl.
The firm, also known as Geiger Berger, was instrumental in the development of structural membrane materials, such as TEFLON(R) coated fiberglass, and pioneered many other long-span cable, tensile membrane, tensegrity and air-supported structures.
Many air-supported structures feature a translucent white fabric, which allows natural day lighting to help illuminate the interior.
At the same time, 1978, a research department set up by Happold at the University of Bath, began to investigate properties and structural behaviour of lightweight and air-supported structures.
General, Part I Pneumatic Structures, Introduction, Characteristics of Pneumatic Structures, Types of Pneumatic Structures, Structural Materials and Coatings, Fans and Pressure Control, Doors, Lighting, Other Aspects, Erection , Anchorage Design, Maintenance, Temperature and Sound Control, Analysis of Pneumatic Structures, Trends in Pneumatic Constructions, Failures of Air-Supported Structures, Part II Membrane Structures, Introduction, Analysis of Net and Tent Structures, Factors to be considered in the design, Examples of Membrane Structures, Examples of Large Scale membrane Structures, Membrane Materials, Typical Joints and Edge Details, Design Standards for Membrane Structures, Other Practical Considerations, References