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Burford, N K and Smith, F W (1999) Developing a new military shelter system: a technical study in advanced materials and structures. Building Research & Information, 27(02), 64–83.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: material; composite material; lightweight structure; reinforced plastic; shelter; tent; thermosetting plastic
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=p48rlw2qvkbqqgc3
  • Abstract:
    The development of a new lightweight military shelter system is based on an unusual composite structural system utilizing the innovative use of pultrusion production techniques for plastic. The authors report on the combined development of both the structural system and the components, which are made from linear pultruded sections of reinforced plastic, and an anticlastic stressed membrane. The shelter comprises a 'kit' of purpose-designed components, which are used to fulfill the multiple requirements of the shelter brief. This has resulted in a smaller number of component parts, less weight and enhanced ease of fabrication and assembly. Some of the techniques used in the design of components and parts indicate an alternative approach to the use of plastics in building construction.