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Textile composites and inflatable structures are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of applications in - among many other fields - civil engineering, architecture and aerospace engineering. Typical examples include membrane roofs and covers, sails, inflatable buildings and pavilions, airships, inflatable furniture, airspace structures etc.

The objectives of STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2009 are to collect and disseminate state-of-theart research and technology for design, analysis, construction and maintenance of textile and inflatable structures. Previous editions of the conference were held in Barcelona (2003, 2007) and Stuttgart (2005).

The ability to provide numerical simulations for increasingly complex membrane and inflatable structures is advancing rapidly due to computer hardware development and the improved maturity of computational procedures for nonlinear structural systems. Significant progress has been made in the formulation of finite element methods for static and dynamic problems, complex constitutive material behaviour, coupled aero-elastic analysis etc. STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2009 will address both the theoretical bases for structural analysis and the numerical necessary for efficient and robust computer implementation.

A significant part of the conference will be devoted to discuss advances in new textile composites for applications in membrane and inflatable structures, as well as in innovative design, construction and maintenance procedures. Sessions related to specific topics of the conference will be introduced by a keynote lecture in the respective field. These keynote lectures will be complemented by invited sessions organised by recognised experts in targeted research and applied areas, as well as by contributed papers.

STRUCTURAL MEMBRANES 2009 aims to act as a forum for discussing recent progress and identifying future research directions in the field of textile composites and inflatable structures.

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