Fabric structures are those fibers which provide users with different varieties of aesthetic free form building designs. They are specifically and carefully designed so that the resulting structure is flame retardant, weather resistant and natural force requirements. Most fabric structures are essentially composed of actual fibers and not of meshes or films.

Proper selection of fabric material along with proper design, fabrication and installation results in a sound, resilient, and durable structure. Coating and laminating the fabric with a material increases the durability of the fabric to a great extent. The most extensively used material are polyesters which is coated and laminated with poly vinyl chloride (PVC). Others includes cotton canvas, vinyl laminated polyesters etc. A vinyl laminated fabric is made up of a reinforcing polyester scrim which is been sandwiched between two layers of PVC.

Prevention of delamination and for the development of seam strengths the existence of a good chemical bond is essential. The adhesive used helps the seam to bear all the shear forces and load requirements of a structure irrespective of the temperature variations. Open weave scrims make the fabric more economical. Almost any color may be incorporated into the vinyl. The adhesive agents also act as a tough chemical bond between the polyester fibers and the exterior coating and prevent it from wicking. Wicking is nothing but absorbing of water by the fibers and there by resulting in damages due to alternative freezing and thawing. Vinyl coated fabric material is mostly used for flexible fabric structures. It is made up of three main components namely a polyester scrim, a bonding or an adhesive agent and am exterior coating of PVC. The exterior coatings are initially done in the liquid form. The scrim has the ability of supporting the exterior coating and it determines the tensile strength, tear strength and dimensional stability of the resulting fabric. These are manufactured in large panels. The larger the yarn and greater the yarn per inch the greater is the tensile strength of the finished product.

Top coatings form an important part of the fabrics that are used as fabric structures. Top coatings are usually applied to the exteriors of the fabrics in order to facilitate cleaning. Some of the basic properties of fabric must be kept in mind on fabric structures. It includes stress strain relation, expected service life, and the behavior of fiber in and around fire. Fire resistance is one of the important properties of fiber structures. Tensile strength indicates the relative strength of fiber structures. Other properties includes shading coefficients, optical, solar and thermal performance, dimensional stability, colorfastness, cleaning ability, seam strength and stability, abrasion resistance, handling ability and folding ability, flexibility and durability. Many of these materials are available online so the best thing to do is to find an online store and get your desired things.

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