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Tensile Shed

  • A tensile structure is a construction of elements carrying only tension and no compression. The term tensile should not be confused with tense gritty, which is a structural form with both tension and firmness elements. Tensile structures are the most common type of thin-shell structures.

    The connections are all the forces that act on a tension structure come together the success of the design that occur in a tension structure. It is the most frequently found at the interface between different systems. Tension fabric structures can be described as a convergence of three such systems like fabric membrane, supporting structure and the tensioned cables to tie the membrane system to the supporting structure with important and crucial connections.

    A strong performance focus is critical to good connection design for special functional requirements with the subject to extensive movement. An extreme environment will join the connection to rotational freedom for loading requirements and safety factors with respect to the application. Safety issues are largely a function of satisfying code requirements and using appropriate engineering methodologies.

    Sophisticated fabric tension structures are being used with increasing frequency as permanent architectural structures in public buildings. Engineering analysis in temporary installations by a skilled firm experienced in tension fabric structure provides the loads and stresses that must be designed to accommodate. Comprehensive engineering analysis is a prerequisite for good connection design. Maintenance is an oft-neglected performance standard that potentially affects safety, cost and aesthetics. Requirements for maintenance are determined as a direct function of three key factors. They are processes, materials and finishes.

    The means and methods of fabrication, assembly and erection is certainly an important design to affect cost and quality. We have all heard about the wonderful designs that cannot be built with a primary objective of good connection design for predictable quality, schedule and the installation of the connecting components to assemble. Designs developed without accurate evaluation of fabrication and installation requirements from concept design through fabrication, assembly, erection to life cycle maintenance.

    Cost is usually regarded as an important consideration to a strong focus on connection design will both reduce and control costs, contributing to maintaining the budget of product. Aesthetics becomes a paramount design concern in many architectural applications of fabric structures. Connection detailing represents a prime opportunity for designers to add visual interest and excitement to a fabric design, but aesthetic considerations must start with a rigorous analysis of performance requirements and end with artisanship.

    Understand the way in which the forces are moving through the connected components. Tensioned fabric structures are stable due to their doubly curved forms generated by tensile force equilibrium. Therefore, elements and connections must encourage and follow direct load paths. The displacements of tensioned structures produced by external loads are relatively large compared to those of more conventional construction systems. This quality must be kept in mind throughout all stages of tension structure design.

    Overall, be certain that you truly understand what your connection design will look like when built. Computer renderings are helpful, but full-scale mock-ups are by far the best format for determining issues of form and proportion, as well as fit and function. Spend as much time as you can afford looking at other fabric structures, drawings and photographs of built connection details, keeping in mind what works visually and what does not.

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