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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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The remaining heat is warded off by a flexible thermal protection system that covers the inflatable structure with durable outer fabrics and insulation.
The new hangar was manufactured for Goodyear by Lindstrand Technologies Ltd., a world provider of designing and building inflatable structures for uses including passenger airline hangars, airline terminal roofs and on military bases.
Echo I is the first inflatable structure to go into orbit.
Mrs Collings, 69, of Dalton-le-Dale, Seaham, was killed along with mother-of-two Claire Furmedge, 38, of Graythwaite, Chester-le-Street, in July 2006 when the 50m by 50m inflatable structure suddenly lifted up into the air before turning on its side and hurtling back to the ground.
Mrs Collings, 69, of Seaham, was killed along with mother-of-two Claire Furmedge, 38, of Chester-le-Street, in July 2006 when the 50m by 50m inflatable structure suddenly lifted up into the air before turning on its side and hurtling back to the ground.
For several days part of the Olympic stadium has been topped by an inflatable structure, apparently designed to conceal a key element of the opening ceremony.
A great, inflatable structure slowly took shape, like some hybrid of a beached whale and an iceberg.
WORLD OF COLOUR: Jessica Payne, five, plays in Ixilum, a massive inflatable structure, in Cardiff Bay; Picture: Kiran Ridley
The giant inflatable structure will captivate visitors of all ages with its incredible world of light, colour and sound, while giving them the chance to explore the labyrinth of tunnels and colourful capsules.
NO PLACE LIKE DOME: Danielle Whinmill, aged 11, and Nafis Ali, aged 12, outside the inflatable structure where they were able to learn about the solar system.
Architects of Air has it's festival debut - a giant, brightly coloured, inflatable structure will intrigue festival-goers who can explore inside the coloured domes, experiencing a sensual and visual phenomena of light and colour.