Feasibility study of medium span spliced spline stressed membranes

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This papers examines the feasibility of 3 medium span (16m - 32m) spliced spline stressed membranes. Medium span slender arch systems have been used for canopy structures of stadia cladding such as the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium. Lateral bracing by the membrane means that the arch can be slender and flexible. Flexibility and lightness fit in well with the design of prestressed structures that are themselves flexible and adjust to applied loads. The presented membrane structures are designed bearing in mind their deployability (as necessary for temporary tents) and offer a good simple alternative to medium span high maintenance pneumatics covering squash courts or swimming pools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-251
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Space Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Conservation
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction


  • Medium span
  • Splice
  • Spline


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