The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 51 (1973) > Issues > Issue 6 > Design Principles of Pneumatic Structures
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Design Principles of Pneumatic Structures

The ways in which pneumatic structures differ fundamentally from conventional metal structures are briefly explored, with particular reference to strength, stiffness, stability and safety. The non-linear properties of fabrics or films are discussed, and some attention is given to collapse behaviour, due either to wind pressure or loss of internal pressure. In presenting the results of analysis and research fundamental equations that can be readily used as a basis for design calculations are employed. P.S. Bulson

Author(s): Bulson, P S

Keywords: air supported structures;design;strength;stability