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PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF NON-CONVENTIONAL STRUCTURES
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Retractable Roof Structures
T.J. MacGinlay and T.C. Ang
School of Civil and structural Engineering, Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore
T.J. MacGinlay, T.C. Ang, "Retractable Roof Structures", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Proceedings of the International Conference on the Design and Construction of Non-Conventional Structures", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 147-156, 1987. doi:10.4203/ccp.7.17.3
Conventional stadium structures for holding sporting or national events are grandstands grouped around an open area. Proceedings can be seriously affected by adverse weather. One solution is to totally enclose the area covering performers and spectators with a fixed structure. More recent developments include roll-up membranes and air supported membrane roofs. Large retractable roofs composed of rigid moving parts could provide a viable and attractive solution in some cases where the advantages of the traditional grandstand and fixed roof structure are combined.
Various structural solutions are examined in the paper and associated problems requiring study are discussed. Preliminary designs and comparisons are made for promising schemes.
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