Air Supported Structures

Air Supported Structures - An air-supported structure utilizes an architectural fabric skin that is inflated by internal air pressure. Because there is no internal frame, the structure consists of only a fabric skin and a blower system that creates the building and defines its shape.

Air Supported Structures

An air-supported structure utilizes an architectural fabric skin that is inflated by internal air pressure. Because there is no internal frame, the structure consists of only a fabric skin and a blower system that creates the building and defines its shape.

Aug '06 - Southern Inflatables builds the  largest air supported structure in the world.  

Southern Inflatables announced the installation of the largest span air supported structure ever constructed in the world, 215m x 215m x 45m high (705’ x 705’ x 150’ high). The structure was installed over a waste disposal site, 45m deep (150’) in South Korea.

We offer all three types of fabric structures - air supported, frame supported, and tensile structures - to provide our clients with the best solution for their specific budget and needs.

Our fabric structures are a surprisingly inexpensive alternative to the conventional "rigid" construction, offering many advantages in terms of lower operating costs and portability to meet rapidly changing demands.

These structures are an inexpensive way to create a very large building, frequently meeting the need for all-weather or around-the-clock facility for warehousing, construction site storage and light manufacturing. 

Features of a typical air structure package

  • Designed drawings stamped by PE
  • Double membrane
  • Cable stress relief system
  • Doors
  • Lighting
  • Heating
  • Inflation system
  • Anchorage hardware
  • Services of a field technician

Cable stress relief system

Most technologically advanced cable system to reduce the stress on the fabric by 80% and increase the safety factor, thus minimizing the possibility of tear propagation and extending the life expectancy of the fabric.

Allows wind design up to 260 km/h

Inflation system

  • Primary electric blower (3 HP to 5 HP)
  • Secondary electric blower (3 Hp to 5 HP) automatically activated upon pressure drop within structure
  • Combustion engine to power secondary blower, automatically activated upon power failure 

Anchorage system

  • Recommend combination of pre-cast concrete grade beam with earth anchors.
  • Concrete grade beam can be moved each time structure is relocated.
  • New earth anchors are to be driven in addition.

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Applications

If you want a distinctive feature for an exhibition stand, or a start/finish line for a track event, and inflatable arch is a great choice. 

Our air supported Tennis Courts and Sports Hall packages are based on our experience in design and construction of air structures for Tennis Sports Halls. 

See how air supported structures can be used to create an enclosed construction site.