The Behavior of Pressure Stabilized Structural Elements under Load,
ARMY NATICK LABS MASS
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A systems analysis study of the Army needs for shelters in the 1985 time frame revealed that the requirements for tentage which was lightweight, of low packaged bulk and had minimum setup and disassembly times might be achieved most completely by a tent concept consisting of a frame of highly pressurized compared with present air supported tents structural elements supporting a lightweight fabric barrier. Since the structural elements are pressure stabilized, they can be fabricated from lightweight, flexible material such as cloth, thus reducing the weight and bulk of the transport configuration. The use of bladders or coated fabric for these elements should provide sufficient air retention capability to eliminate the need for the continuous air supply required by current air supported tents.
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