The use of textile membranes in architectural acoustics: An overview

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Vojtech Chmelík

Department of Building Construction, Svf STU Bratislava

Tuesday 2 june, 2015, 18:00 - 18:20

0.9 Athens (118)

The structural skins, based on textile membranes became very popular building materials in the modern architectural design. Their great potential lays in their high tensile strength, flexibility (such as a possibility to create organic shapes), long lifespan, translucency, minimum weight and low material and maintenance costs and even resistance to earthquakes. Looking at their acoustic properties, probably the most interesting are acoustical components such as multilayer membrane-type structures and micro perforated and double- leaf absorbers. This paper summarizes the use of textile membranes in architectural acoustic nowadays and in the past, discusses advantages and disadvantages in terms of sound insulation, acoustic permeability and sound absorption and shows several interesting case studies where structural skins were used with great succes.

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