Fabric Structures consist of three major things: Structural system (steel, wood, concrete, etc.), edge component (cable, belt, rope, etc.) and fabric (too many to choose from).
To the right is FTL’s U.N. Annex Entry Canopy in NYC.
Today the FabricArchitect talks about “N” and there are a couple of N words that come to mind and they all have to do with fabric.
Headquartered in Italy with offices in Canada, Naizil has been manufacturing PVC coated fabrics for truck tarpaulins, awnings, tension structures, digital printing and many other applications for over 50 years.
They have a couple of interesting products in the market for Fabric Structures.
Their Cover series of coated fabrics have been designed to meet the high quality standards required for tensile structures and large coverings. All “Cover” products are self-extinguishing and protected by a PVDF sealable topcoat. They also offer an extra treatments such as ROTOFLUO P which is a non-sealable PVDF coating which makes it longer lasting.
They have another product called TITAN W which has Titaniuim Oxide (TiO2)which represents the cutting-edge in the protection of PVC coated fabrics.
Compared with conventional topcoat systems present in the market, these new protective coatings are being introduced that further increase the life of the product, keeping it cleaner.
Naizil also offers photovoltaic thin film on some of their membranes under their SolarPanel brand. The Nazil SolarPanel comes rough 5′ x 7′ and has an output of 75Wp per panel. The panels produce direct current that afterwards can be transformed through an inverter to alternate current and then can be used in standard electrical systems.
Other PVC manufacturers to check out are Seaman, SergeFerrari and Mehler.
Imagine Fabric Structures that are light and have insulation.
Thats’ where Nanogel or Aerogel comes in.
You’ve heard these brand names before being used on a bunch of things like glass and metal. Well, you can get it on fabric, too.
For example, Translucent skylights and membranes are now incorporating Lumira™ aerogel (formerly Nanogel® aerogel). Not sure why they changed names. Although it provides a little less translucency than traditional translucent materials like teflon coated fiberglass, acrylics or polycarbonate, they are an excellent value and can substantially reduce energy costs and provide a great return on investment.
“Nanogel-type” membranes can increase the R-Value of a membrane to be significantly higher than a normal skylight or membrane.
You get natural light and a high level of insulation all in one product. Pretty cool or warm.
See companies like Cabot, Birdair and Aerolite.
NovaShield II is a polyethelene used for clear spans, agricultural and industrial structures.
The brand name comes from Intertape Polymer Group and Engineered Coated Products.
Designed to meet the industry’s highest standards, NovaShield II polyethylene fabric has great strength-to-weight ratios and its lighter weight makes for easier, faster installations. NovaShield is an alternative to PVC. NovaShield II is ideal for use in membrane structures or any other fabric application requiring fire retardant and UV characteristics.
Check out fabric from Interwrap too.
Next comes “O”.