Tension Membrane Structures - ETFE Fabric
Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) offers a creative and lightweight alternative to glass. It is a transparent extruded film, or foil, with similar light transmission to glass, but is just 1% of the weight. With a lifespan of over 20 years and excellent weathering properties, its no wonder ETFE foil has been used on many high profile projects and stadiums around the globe. Structurflex has been at the forefront of mechanically prestressed systems using ETFE and has experience in pneumatically prestressed systems, also known as ETFE cushions.
Tension Fabric Architecture Services
Tensile Structure Solutions
Our custom-made PVC, PTFE and ETFE tensile structures are finding new answers to old problems. Bring us your challenges and let us apply engineering discipline thats perfectly balanced by inspired creativity.
The discovery phase of every project determines the success of the outcome. Our engineers and designers will work closely with your team to identify the practical and aesthetic requirements of the task. Ideas flow both ways during this process, so that the tensile structure design receives the benefit of combined thinking power.
Structurflex offers advice from the most preliminary of sketches on:
Types of fabric structures PVC, PTFE or ETFE
Suitability of shapes
Critical path, design analysis and building logistics
Provision of preliminary reaction loads.
Tensile fabric structure design and development
A substantial part of Structurflex engineering and design activity is dedicated to conceptual design. Once the big idea is right, we add the detail required to turn vision into reality. Our design team will be thoroughly conversant with the building control rules that apply to your location, so you can be confident that there wont be any expensive re-designing down the track for your fabric structure.
Our designers actively participate in tensile structure design forums, to ensure they get the stimulus and input required to push boundaries. Continuous improvement is embedded in our culture, and that means that our commercial canopies and other tensile structures can offer the maximum benefit.
Structurflex was brought on board early, as a design-assist partner on the Rio Tinto stadium to provide input on fabric (PTFE and PVC) options, cost and budget data, connection detailing, and wind and snow loading concerns. They worked hand-in-hand with both the structural engineer and steel fabricator throughout the design and shop drawing stages, so that any issues with connections, ice damns, snow guards, gutters etc were handled in the 3D modelling phase, and not out in the field where it could impact this critical path activity.
Gene Fatur, Project Executive, Rio Tinto Soccer Stadium, Utah
Tensile structure construction
Implementation of your solution draws on other resources within our skill base. Our installation teams are experienced, precise and dedicated to on-time delivery. You can trust us to adhere to the highest quality standards, to ensure the longevity and on-going usefulness of your tensile membrane structure.
Seventeen service stations were constructed within a very short period in localities ranging from Wellington to Auckland. All stations were to be ready for opening at the same time. This required significant effort by Structurflex to ensure the supporting steel framework and fabric canopies were fabricated, delivered to each site and erected in accord with the programme and our clients expectations.
Fletcher Construction, New Zealand
Structurflex can design and deliver a post-project maintenance programme, to keep your tensile structure safe, clean and attractive.
Most of our commercial tensile canopy and tension membrane structures have a lifespan in excess of 25 years, provided they are well-maintained.
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