Tensile fabric structures are quickly becoming a viable alternative to traditional construction methods due to it’s unlimited designs. These structures are gaining popularity throughout the world because of their lower construction cost and use of less materials during construction. With today’s modern fabrics like PTFE, ETFE and PVC these structures are expected to last longer than traditional construction materials. All while creating energy savings through the translucent nature of these fabrics. True tensile structure is one where the entire matrix of the fabric is in tension. Loss of tension can result in damage to the fabric and loss of stability even though the frame is engineered to support itself. Ideally it curves equally in opposite directions and develops 3D stability. Flatter panels need greater loads on the material to keep its shape. The frame systems used in these structures can be a single unique type Umbrella Mast… or a hybrid of an open or closed systems. Tension structures often incorporate Tensegrity shapes into its function. Whether deployable or permanent selecting fabric as a primary material offers distinct advantages over other forms of construction. Distinct advantages include flexibility in shapes, the ability to span large areas under extreme loads, outstanding translucency, and light weight low site impact. It is the proven choice for habitable shelters in some of the most extreme climate/weather conditions on the planet. We can help you at every stage of your fabric product from determining design feasibility to the development of shape/model incorporating non linear analysis to determine loads and ultimately installation of the final product.