Airport City Belgrade Membrane Structure: design, production and installation process

Aleksandar P. Vučur, Günther H. Filz

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Abstract

In 2018, the Airport City office park in Belgrade, Serbia has commissioned an unusual membrane structure. The project has been designed, produced and installed by ArTech inzenjering, Belgrade, Serbia. This paper presents the comprehensive process and workflow from the design phase to the structural analysis, to the production and to the installation of the membrane tensile structure. A membrane structure in hypar shape has been proposed. The cover spans about 28 meters and covers a footprint of about 487 m(2). As materials, PVC-PES membrane of type III and steel for other structural members has been selected. The project contains several unusual points, challenging for design, detailing, analysis and installation. Therefore, it serves as a good example and case study for future developments in this field of lightweight structures. The structure is located in between existing office buildings in order to cover and protect a pedestrian area and to create a plaza. The overall layout and shape of the structure has been inspired by client's logo. Even though, the conventional shape of the hypar served as the basic geometry in the design phase, novel solutions have been developed and realized e.g. for corner details and boundary edges. Simultaneously, their unusual shapes asked for new advanced solutions. As an innovative approach and visually most striking feature a novel, curved truss girder solution has been developed, which is using principles of bending active structures. The installation process turned out to be of a great challenge. Different kinds of site-specific limitations and conditions required specific planning and logistics. So, this project serves as unique case study, highlighting the interdependence of design, limitations, requirement for novel detailing and installation-processes. By the comprehensive monitoring and observation of this membrane structure a whole quantity of information has been documented since its completion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIASS 60TH ANNIVERSARY SYMPOSIUM (IASS SYMPOSIUM 2019) - 9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TEXTILE COMPOSITES AND INFLATABLE STRUCTURES (STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2019)
EditorsC. Lazaro, KU Bletzinger, E. Onate
PublisherCIMNE International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Pages351-358
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-121101-0-4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
- Crowne Plaza Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 7 Oct 201910 Oct 2019
Conference number: 60
https://iass-structures.org/event-2791848

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IASS Annual Symposia
PublisherIASS
ISSN (Electronic)2518-6582

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Symposium of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures
Abbreviated titleIASS
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period07/10/201910/10/2019
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Keywords

  • active bending
  • structural membrane
  • Minimal surfaces
  • experimental structure
  • geometric non-linearity
  • FEM
  • large deformations

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