Tensile Membrane Structures
|Publication Date:||1 January 2016|
This standard provides minimum criteria for the analysis, design, and performance of membrane-covered cable and rigid member structures, including frame supported structures and air-supported structures, collectively known as tensile membrane structures, including permanent and temporary structures as defined herein. The requirements of this standard shall apply whether the tensile membrane structure is independent of or attached to another structure. This standard does not apply to air-inflated structures as defined in Section 1.2, Definitions. This standard does not apply to films as defined in Section 1.2.
This standard is applicable to all tensile membrane structures as described: Temporary structures with a plan area greater than 1,000 ft2 (93 m2) or with any membrane span exceeding 10 ft (3 m), and permanent structures with a plan area greater than 225 ft2 (21 m2), regardless of span.
This standard is applicable to tensile membrane structures erected under the requirements of the legally adopted building code of which this standard forms a part. In geographical areas without a legally adopted building code, this standard defines minimum acceptable standards of design and construction practice.
This standard supplements the building code and shall govern all matters pertaining to analysis, design, construction, and material properties. It may be used in the absence of a building code or where the building code does not address membrane structures adequately.
Elements of a tensile membrane structure not governed by this standard (e.g., structural steel, cables, timber, aluminum, or concrete) shall be proportioned in accordance with their respective standards.