Current State of Development and Future Trends in Employment of Air-Supported Roofs in Long-Span Applications

by Kris P. Hamilton, (M.ASCE), Geiger Engineers, Bellingham, United States,
David M. Campbell, Geiger Engineers, Bellingham, United States,
Paul A. Gossen, (M.ASCE), Geiger Engineers, Bellingham, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures


Considered here is the low-profile, long span air-supported roof, as opposed to the high-profile 'bubble' variety, which has seen a substantially different development and expectation. The air-supported roof should be given serious consideration wherever first-cost is an issue, although it has its limitations when studying potential applications.

Subject Headings: Roofs | Employment | Fabric structures | Tensile strength | Structural strength | Strength of materials | Benefit cost ratios | Panels (structural)

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