Discovery - University of Dundee - Online Publications

Library & Learning Centre

Developing a new military shelter system

Developing a new military shelter system: a case study in innovation

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

View graph of relations

Info

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-55
Number of pages21
JournalBuilding Research & Information
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

Abstract

A lightweight, rapid-erect shelter system using a new combination of composite materials and fabric diaphragms in a truss support system has been developed in response to changes in military requirements. This paper outlines the background to the project and the reasons for its inception; it follows the development of the design from initial conceptual idea to eventual solution. Decisions influencing the overall design, structure, materials, prototyping and manufacturing techniques are discussed in relation to performance criteria and client capabilities. The authors focus on the problems encountered in the development programme and the innovation process, highlight how these problems were overcome and detail the benefits which were created. In particular, the resulting tent incorporates lightweight sprung glass reinforced composite beams, post-tensioned by a fabric diaphragm. The new shelter uses a minimum number of these lightweight, rigid components and consequently achieves a reduction in weight, erect and strike times and packed bulk through its innovations.

Documents

DOI

Library & Learning Centre

Contact | Accessibility | Policy