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Tensile Surface Structures: A Practical Guide to Cable and Membrane Construction

ISBN: 978-3-433-02922-0
240 pages
August 2009
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Tensile surface structures are the visual expression of an intensive rethinking of the topic of building envelopes by designers. Advances in design methods, materials, construction elements and assembly and erection planning in the field of lightweight construction are enabling ever more exacting applications of tensile structures with envelope and structural functions, especially in roofing over large clear spans without internal support.
However, the particular mechanical characteristics of the materials used in the construction of textile structures demand consideration of the question of "buildability". This book provides answers by discussing the fundamental influence of material manufacture and assembly in deciding the most suitable type of building or structure and its detailing in the design process.
The fundamentals of material composition, manufacturing process, patterning and the behaviour of flexible structural systems are all explained here, as well as their use as structural and connection elements, and special attention is given to the erection of wide-span lightweight structures. The erection equipment is described, as well as the lifting and tensioning process and the construction methods used to erect the characteristic types of tensile structures, illustrated with a selection of example projects.
Forword by Werner Sobek.
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Table of Contents

The importance of manufacture and erection
Ambition, aim and scheme of the book
Structural composition and manufacture
Linear load-bearing elements
Surface load-bearing elements
Material behaviour of coated fabrics
Mechanical properties
Fabrication of coated fabrics
Compensation, strip layout
Criteria for the patterning
Cutting out the pieces
Methods of jointing surfaces
Permanent surface joints
Reusable surface joints
Methods of transferring force at the edge
Geometry of the edging and effect on bearing behaviour
The detailing of edges and their anchorage at corners
Edge details
Corner details
Construction management
Aims and tasks of construction management
Modelling erection procedures
Construction engineering
Design detailing for erection practicality
Erection equipment and machinery
Cranes and lifting devices
Tensioning devices and equipment for ropes
Tensioning devices and aids for membrane sheets
Scaffolding working platforms and temporary construction
Erection procedure
Criteria affecting the erection procedure
Remarks about the erection of the primary structure
Erection procedures for membrane structures
Preparation work and preassembly
Lifting and hanging structural elements
Introduction of loads - pretensioning
Control of the forces in flexible structural elements
Determination of force in ropes
Measurement of membrane stresses
Illustration acknowledgements
Projects (1989-2007)
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Author Information

DI Dr. techn. Michael Seidel is lecturing in membrane structures at the Institute of Architecture and Design of the Technical University Vienna. As consultant engineer he has a wide range of experiences in planning and realising membrane and cable structures.
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The great value of the book is the well-founded analysis, classification and evaluation of the complex process of planning and creation of tensile structures. .... The book can be warmly recommended to all architects and engineers concerned with the design and construction of membrane structures.
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