Fabric Roof Design Responds to New Technologies

by Craig G. Huntington, (M.ASCE), Huntington Design Associates, Inc, Oakland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Spatial, Lattice and Tension Structures


A combination of newer synthetic materials and advanced structural design technologies have given contemporary tensioned fabric roofs vastly improved energy performance and far greater durability and reliability than those built only 20 years ago. Advanced analytical techniques provide reliable form-finding and prediction of fabric stresses, while allowing designers to select unique shapes with assurance of reliable behavior. Structural details have evolved for both improved performance and visually expressive character that fits with their function in the structure.

Subject Headings: Fabrics | Roofs | Fabric structures | Structural reliability | Stress analysis | Building design | Material durability | Tensile structures

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