Air-inflated fabric structures
Cavallaro, Paul V. Mechanics of Advanced Structures and Materials Team, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, Rhode Island.
- Yarn fibers
- Continuous manufacturing and seamless fabrics
- Improved damage tolerance
- Drop-stitched fabrics
- Air beams
- Effects of air compressibility
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Air-inflated fabric structures are categorized as pretensioned structures. They are capable of many advantages not available with traditional structures, including lighter-weight design, rapid and self-erecting deployment, enhanced mobility, large deployed-to-packaged volume ratios, fail-safe collapse, and optional rigidification.
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