M2S2 modular deployable shelter system: concept and analysis technique

Omar, T. and Van Erp, G. and Aravinthan, T. and Key, P. (2008) M2S2 modular deployable shelter system: concept and analysis technique. In: 4th International Structural Engineering and Construction Conference (ISEC 4): Innovations in Structural Engineering and Construction, 26-28 Sep 2007, Melbourne, Australia.

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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- eployable arched shelter system with rigid PVC or fabric cladding. The main frames are formed from modular fiber composite panels that are connected and stressed in position by prestressing cables. Using prestressing as a deploying mechanism, applying loads at the erection and assem-bled stages and changing of the support boundary conditions necessitates the inclusion of the erection process in the frame analysis. This paper presents the concept of M2S2 followed by a brief description of the applied loads. Three analyses procedures, two linear and one non-linear, are used to locate differences in predicting the behavior of the frames. The analyses comparison shows that modeling the erection process along with ap-plying loads relevant to each deploying stage by nonlinear analysis is essential for this type of structures.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2008 Taylor & Francis Group. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2008 02:29
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2015 01:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: deployable shelters; military modular shelter system; M2S2; multi-pultrusion fibre composite; truss systems
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
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3446

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