Stressed Skin Membrane

An incredibly light single skin system uses a single layer of ETFE with biaxial tension applied by low force perimeter tensioning.

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What Is An SSM System?

Stressed Skin Membrane is used for more robust designs using PVC and PTFE materials requiring higher prestress which is applied using heavier edge profiles. Typically, the materials are stretched over spaceframe grids, or stiff steelwork, to limit membrane spans so that cables are not required, and tension forces are held within the steelwork.

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Why Choose Stressed Skin Membrane

The Novum SSM-System is ideal for rain shelters, canopies, ceilings, facades, stadium roofs, glass skylight replacements, and areas requiring lightweight transparent covering, nominal thermal performance, and minimal maintenance.

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CUSTOM IN APPLICATION

The SSM-System varies depending on material type. An incredibly light single skin system uses a single layer of ETFE with biaxial tension applied by low force perimeter tensioning. The perimeters and panel intermediates are realized from aluminum extrusions which are anodized, or powder coated. The intermediates often use internal guttering.

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FACTORY FINISHED

Cable spacing is determined from environmental loads and the drainage needs very careful planning as the ultra-light system is flexible and deflects easily. Typically, the cables are one directional and spaced at around 2’ (600mm). The weight is below 1 psf (0.05 kpa) making it arguably the lightest enclosure system on the market. Where smaller pre-made aluminum framed panels are feasible, cables are eliminated and the system is unitized. ETFE in a single skin system has a very nominal thermal performance and shading is best accommodated by using colored, solid or translucent material.

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ASSEMBLY

The SSM-System for more robust designs using PVC and PTFE materials require higher prestress which is applied using heavier edge profiles. Typically, the materials are stretched over spaceframe grids or stiff steelwork to limit membrane spans so that cables are not required, and tension forces are held within the steelwork. Once stressed, clamping bars are applied as required to prevent uplift.

Stressed Skin Membrane In 3D

The project-based animation below showcases the integration of Novum Systems at work.

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Features & Specifications

Some Of Our Projects

For designs requiring large lightweight panel areas, small panels tensioned in individual frames without cables, or explosion and bomb blast applications, the Novum SSM-System can suit all your needs.

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Novum engineers will collaborate with your team to create a complete system solution to your design intent with a corresponding budget. Contact us today.

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Tell Us More About Your Project

Novum engineers will collaborate with your team to create a complete system solution to your design intent with a corresponding budget. Contact us today.

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