Accession Number:

ADA458590

Title:

Air-Inflated Fabric Structures

Descriptive Note:

Reprint rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIV NEWPORT RI

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-11-05

Pagination or Media Count:

32.0

Abstract:

Air-inflated fabric structures fall within the category of tensioned structures and provide unique advantages in their use over traditional structures. These advantages include light weight designs, rapid and self-erecting deployment, enhanced mobility, large deployed-to-packaged volume ratios, fail-safe collapse, and possible rigidification. Most of the research and development pursued in air-inflated structures can be traced to space, military, commercial, marine engineering and recreational applications. Examples include air ships, weather balloons, inflatable antennas and radomes, temporary shelters, pneumatic muscles and actuators, inflatable boats, temporary bridging, and energy absorbers such as automotive air bags. However, the advent of todays high performance fibers combined with continuous textile manufacturing processes has produced an emerging interest in air-inflated structures. Air-inflated structures can be designed as viable alternatives to conventional structures.

Subject Categories:

  • Textiles
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE