Suspension Lift Systems

Lightweight structures are characterized by having a rather small mass relative to the applied load, which is determined through an optimization process. Lightweight Structures are defined as tensile (or tension) structures, frame supported, air supported, air inflated, cable net, cable-and-strut (also referred to as tensegrity), geodesic domes and grid shells.

Tensile membrane structures are becoming the choice for the future because of its technical, economical and ecological features.

Membrane is a flexible composite material; consists of a syntheic fiber fabric as textile based with front and black plastic coating. The synthetic fiber fabrics can be manufactured principally from a wide range of synthetics such as polyamide, glass fiber, polypropylene, polyethylene or polyester. For the front and back coating of the fabrics, a wide variety of synthetics can be used in principle such as PVC, artificial caoutchouc, polyethylene or PTFE. In actual practica for Textile Building, howewer, PVC is being used nearly exclusively, not least due to its wide range of variations.

The PVC coating mass permits the use of a wide range of chemical additives. With the cooresponding chemical additives, for example, properties such as fungicidal equipment against fungal and bacteria attacks, temperature resistance from -35ºC to +70ºC are achieved.

The supporting frameworks used for textile membrane buildings are mostly made of steel, stainless steel, aluminium, or even timber.



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