Some General Remarks on the Structural Behavior and Load-Extension Characteristics of Coated Fabrics with Special Reference to PTFE-Coated Glass-Fiber Fabric

by Hans- J. Schock, Univ of Oregon, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (ACI 530-88/ASCE 5-88) and Specifications for Masonry Structures (ACI 530.1-88/ASCE 6-88) (ACI 530.1-88/ASCE 6-88)


The understanding of fabric behavior, and of coated fabrics in particular, is essential for the design and analysis of fabric structures. Although many research papers have been published on this subject, and although fabric structures are being built in increasing numbers all over the world, there is still a need for an improved understanding of fabric behavior, and for an analytical model, which describes the fabric behavior accurately enough, and which is simple enough to be used in the design office. In the development of such a model the simplicity of the model may take precedence over the accuracy of the results, given the variability of fabric properties due to the manufacturing process.

Subject Headings: Fabric structures | Structural behavior | Fiber reinforced polymer | Structural analysis | Load factors | Glass fibers | Model accuracy | Material properties

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