Inflatable tensairity covering for events
Assigned by Buitink Technology and facilitated by the Platform
Creative Industry, the consulting companies ABT BV and Tentech BV
designed and engineered a mobile and modular inflatable Tensairity
covering for events.
This highly innovative, attractive and new design consists of a
number of inflatable beams that support tensioned membranes.
The achieved goal was to design a new, innovative and
attractive tent with a multi functional character, applicable for
various purposes. The covering is assembled from separate,
connectable elements (inflatable beams, membranes) making a modular
The principle of the design is 8 Tensairity-beams with in
between tensioned membranes. These Tensairity-elements are arches
that support the membranes. Each single Tensairity beam consists of
an inflatable tube with three aluminium pressure elements
around. These pressure elements carry the normal forces
resulting from the arc force. The inflatable tube prevents the
Tensairity-element from bending. The horizontal stability is
obtained by the tensioned membranes and the cablesystems.
This specific design of a Tensairity covering was made - with
consultation of the KNHS in Ermelo - for events in the
equestrian and horseback riding sports, but it can also be used as
a festival tent or any other (sports)event.
Not only this Tensairity modular system is easy to set up; it also
has a unique and special character that will suit high-end
The size of this configuration is approximately 90x42,5x13,4 m
(lxwxh). This size was determined by the necessary free span of a
horseback-riding event covering of 30x60 meters. By scaling the
design other sizes can be realized as well.
||Buitink Technology (Duiven)
|Design and engineering:
||Tentech BV(Utrecht) en ABT BV (Velp)
||Platform Creatieve Industrie Midden-Gelderland (Arnhem)
||KNHS (Ermelo, The Netherlands) Advise with respect to
use for events in
"Our waste materials and by-products are recycled by Texyloop"