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Biaxial Testing for Fabrics and Foils

Optimizing Devices and Procedures

Beccarelli, Paolo

2015, IX, 138 p. 59 illus., 4 illus. in color.

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  • About this book

  • Describes the state of the art for biaxial testing equipment and procedures
  • Provides an overview of testing standards and design codes currently under development
  • Includes the results of an inter-laboratory comparison of biaxial tests for architectural textiles

This book offers a well-structured, critical review of current design practice for tensioned membrane structures, including a detailed analysis of the experimental data required and critical issues relating to the lack of a set of design codes and testing procedures. The technical requirements for biaxial testing equipment are analyzed in detail, and aspects that need to be considered when developing biaxial testing procedures are emphasized. The analysis is supported by the results of a round-robin exercise comparing biaxial testing machines that involved four of the main research laboratories in the field. The biaxial testing devices and procedures presently used in Europe are extensively discussed, and information is provided on the design and implementation of a biaxial testing rig for architectural fabrics at Politecnico di Milano, which represents a benchmark in the field. The significance of the most recent developments in biaxial testing is also explored.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Architectural Fabric - Biaxial Devices - Biaxial Procedures - Flexible solar cells - Inter-laboratory comparison - Membrane Structures - Strain-controlled Test

Related subjects » Applied & Technical Physics - Characterization & Evaluation of Materials - Civil Engineering - Materials - Mechanical Engineering

Table of contents 

Brief Review of the Membrane Structure Context.- The design, analysis and construction of tensile fabric structures.- Biaxial testing apparatuses and procedures.- The development of biaxial testing devices and procedures for architectural fabrics.- Recent application and potentialities.- Conclusions.

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