M2S2 modular deployable composite shelters: concept and loading criteria

Omar, Tarek and Heldt, Tim and Key, P. and Van Erp, Gerard (2006) M2S2 modular deployable composite shelters: concept and loading criteria. Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, 6 (3). pp. 217-226. ISSN 1328-7982


Deployable shelters of various forms have been utilised since ancient civilisation. The need for these systems has not diminished over time, and development continues for military forces, civilian humanitarian aid, and post-natural disaster scenarios. Recent developments have focussed variously on tent type structures, air beam technology and steel frames supporting soft fabric, yet none have fully satisfied the deployability requirements.
The Milliary Modular Shelter System (M2S2) initiative is a research project that aims to develop a fibre composite re-deployable arched shelter system with rigid or fabric cladding. The main frames are formed from standard modular panels that are connected and stressed in position by prestressing cables. Different geometries can be obtained using this system by changing the number of panels per frame and the packer sizes between panels.

This paper is divided into two parts. The first presents the performance criteria for deployable shelters, reviews the different deployable shelter systems developed to date and presents the concept of M2S2 including the initial panel investigations. The second part discusses the loading criteria for deployable shelters. Due to the lightness of this type of structures, wind loads are the most critical loading type that drives the design. A generic approach of assessing wind pressure on deployable shelters is presented and applied for two international loading codes.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to paper due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:48
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: deployable shelters; military modular shelter system; M2S2; multi-pultrusion fibre composite; truss systems; air beams; analysis techniques; applied loads; deployability; erection processes; fiber composites; frame analyses; humanitarian aids; main frames; military forces; natural disasters; prestressing cables; rigid pvcs; steel frames; type structures
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120499 Engineering Design not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8702 Construction Design > 870299 Construction Design not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1635

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