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.
Tensile structures are supported
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.