Modular deployable composite shelters - truss system

Omar, T. and Van Erp, G. and Key, P. (2007) Modular deployable composite shelters - truss system. In: ACIC 2007: Advanced Composites in Construction Conference , 2-4 Apr 2007, Bath, UK.


Deployable shelters of various forms have been utilized since ancient civilization. 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 focused mainly on tent type structures, air beam technology and steel frames supporting soft fabric, yet none of these have fully satisfied the deployability requirements. The Military Modular Shelter System (M2S2) initiative is a research project that aims to develop a fiber composite re-deployable arched shelter system with rigid PVC or fabric cladding. The main frames are formed from modular fiber composite panels that are connected and stressed into 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 presents the development and testing of some innovative fiber composite truss modules that were investigated as part of this project.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:09
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: shelters; composites; deployable; hanger; Strarch; trusses
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120405 Models of Engineering Design
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering

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