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Self-erecting Pneumatic Structures

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MRS000051

Volume

47

Pages

6

Published

2000

Size

541 kb

Author(s)

R. Tarczewski

Abstract

The paper presents one type of structure of the group of self-erecting structures. Like other structures of that group, it gains its final shape by means of post tensioning of the plane basic structure. This is a pneumatic structure. It is composed of many small 'pneumatic cushions' connected together on the borders by tape connectors. A tensioned bottom chord made of the cable allows self-erecting. Opposite to other types of pneumatic structures, system does not require increased air pressure neither inside whole the structure nor in large span elements. Air pressure in each cushion doesn't depend of the pressure in the others and it makes the system not sensitive on local perforation and lost of pressure in several elements. In order to easy keep a constant pressure inside cushions a special plug-in connectors placed at each contac

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