September 27, 2020 By admin
A tensile structure is a construction of elements carrying only tension and no compression or bending. The term tensile should not be confused with tensegrity, which is a structural form with both tension and compression elements. Tensile structures are the most common type of thin-shell structures.
Most tensile structures are supported by some form of compression or bending elements,
such as masts (as in The O2, formerly the Millennium Dome), compression rings or beams.
A tensile membrane structure is most often used as a roof,
as they can economically and attractively span large distances.
Tensile membrane structures may also be used as complete buildings, with a few common applications being sports
facilities, warehousing and storage buildings, and exhibition venues.