Stressed arch modular deployable composite shelters: concept and development

Omar, T. and Van Erp, G. and Key, P. W. (2006) Stressed arch modular deployable composite shelters: concept and development. In: CICE 2006: 3rd International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, 13-15 Dec 2006, Miami, Fl, USA.

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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 mainly on tent type structures, air beam technology and steel frames supporting soft fabric, yet none of these systems have fully satisfied the deployability requirements.

The Military 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 modular fibre composite 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 presents the concept of M2S2 with background about existing systems followed by the development and testing of an innovative, simple to manufacture, truss module that was investigated as part of this project. The test results showed good characteristics. These include having alternate load paths and failure initiated and propagated in the web with no, undesirable, failure observed in the adhesive layers.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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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; truss
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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