Designed by MDT-Tex and Grimshaw Architects, the Tensilation (Type EV series) canopy represents a major shift in the concept of solar shade and waterproof canopy systems. It offers both the flexibility that comes with modular canopies and the engineering advantages of a unified structure.
By adding more units to the modular system, MDT-Tex has made the entire structure stronger and increasingly wind resistant. Drainage takes place via a series of central supporting columns and each canopy piece is connected with a watertight capping to produce a robust and weather protective system. Erection time is considerably reduced compared to marquees and existing solar canopy systems, making them ideal for events and ceremonies.
FEATURES & BENEFITS
- Opening and closing by hand, or hand crank
- All materials are water and corrosion resistant
- All parts attached by screws can be easily replaced
- Possibility to add lighting and electrical devices
- Safely handles winds up to 85 km/h when placed in an ideal configuration
- Digital print, screen print and dispersion dye print available
- The system can be used independently for events or annexed to buildings or marquees to deal quickly with changes in crowd size.
The cover consists of a top mesh which protects the system from the ingress of leaves and particles, and a bottom cover which is fixed to the frame with Sterling Steel screws at the ends of the spokes. The cover is replaceable and is resistant to fading, light and water. It is designed to withstand a wide range of all weather conditions and special connectors made from PVDF coated polyester and polycarbonate connect the canopies without gaps, to provide continuous weather protection.
The spokes are made out of specially designed aluminum profiles (50x30mm with integrated keder channels) supported by hi-tensile galvanized steel cables, which reduce the system weight considerably. The center pole has an aluminum profile also with integrated channels for the opening system and electrical conduit. The central hub contains a U profile for the attachment of the spokes. The frame is powder coated (polyester powder ca. 80 μ).
The canopy is opened and closed using a coated polyester rope developed specially for the sailing industry that boasts high UV stability and super low friction coefficient. The rope is secured using an automatically-locking yachting cleat for safety, and the rope can be conveniently tucked away into the mast after installation.
- Event flooring
For mobile events, Tensilation has its own proprietary height adjustable, galvanized steel flooring system that ensures the perfect positioning of canopy units in any configuration. A choice of surface finishes is available from MDT-Tex, from super lightweight sandwich panels to a standard 21 mm plywood.