Accession Number:

ADA426118

Title:

Researchers Make Shelters Lighter by Blowing Them Up

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Oct 1998-Sep 2003

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB TYNDALL AFB FL MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-03-31

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

Researchers are testing inflatable textile air beam technology to provide quick, lightweight, and easily constructed alternatives to current temporary aircraft shelters. The air beams are made with a lightweight, high-strength fiber outer material and a plastic inner tube, and are inflated to a high air pressure to provide a rigid frame. The shelters feature high strength under applied loads, high stiffness, low weight, and will withstand an overload without damage. Emergency personnel could rapidly deploy and erect these shelters during a natural emergency for temporary use as a command post or medical facility. 3 figures

Subject Categories:

  • Terminal Flight Facilities
  • Plastics
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology
  • Mechanics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE