Technical Differences between inflatable structure construction options
Inflatables have been used as temporary structures for decades, from their early use as ammunition stores in wars to covering sports stadiums the world over. At Optix Structures, we have a few options in how inflatable structures are made.
As designers, producers and suppliers of high quality inflatable temporary structures for events and space projects, we integrate three styles of inflatable design and manufacture; Air Flow, Sealed Air Beam and Binary Flow.
Sealed Frame Explained
A common method used in inflatable product design such as inflatable furniture and toys. Optix Sealed Frame structures are designed and produced using an integral air tube frame system that is heat and frequency welded together.
This framework is the base for the cover which includes the roof and walling system. The structure can be inflated by hand or electrical pump. Our sealed frame structures measure up to 8 metres in size. Once inflated these sealed air beam structures do not require power.
Air Beam Explained
The Sealed Air Beam inflatable structure method combines both the Air Flow and the Sealed Frame System.
The addition of the Air Beams increases the wind load of the structure and for extra structural safety, add a temporary fail safe in the event of loss of power.