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Biaxial Testing for Fabrics and Foils

Optimizing Devices and Procedures


  • Describes the state of the art for biaxial testing equipment and procedures

  • Provides an overview of testing standards and design codes currently under development

  • Includes the results of an inter-laboratory comparison of biaxial tests for architectural textiles


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology book series (BRIEFSAPPLSCIENCES)

Also part of the PoliMI SpringerBriefs book sub series (BRIEFSPOLIMI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Paolo Beccarelli
    Pages 35-72
  3. Paolo Beccarelli
    Pages 119-134
  4. Paolo Beccarelli
    Pages 135-136
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 137-138

About this book


This book offers a well-structured, critical review of current design practice for tensioned membrane structures, including a detailed analysis of the experimental data required and critical issues relating to the lack of a set of design codes and testing procedures. The technical requirements for biaxial testing equipment are analyzed in detail, and aspects that need to be considered when developing biaxial testing procedures are emphasized. The analysis is supported by the results of a round-robin exercise comparing biaxial testing machines that involved four of the main research laboratories in the field. The biaxial testing devices and procedures presently used in Europe are extensively discussed, and information is provided on the design and implementation of a biaxial testing rig for architectural fabrics at Politecnico di Milano, which represents a benchmark in the field. The significance of the most recent developments in biaxial testing is also explored.


Architectural Fabric Biaxial Devices Biaxial Procedures Flexible solar cells Inter-laboratory comparison Membrane Structures Strain-controlled Test

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Architecture & Built EnvironmentUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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