• Essener Membranbau Symposium 2018

    28 September 2018

    This year, the Institute for Metal and Lightweight Structures of the University of Duisburg-Essen organizes the Essener Membranbau Symposium for the fourth time. The objective of the symposium is the exchange between experts in the fields of research, design and execution of membrane structures. The presentations consider up-to-date topics of particular interest:

    • Overview over the state of the art in the standardization work for membrane structures and tents and the use of stainless steel,
    • Determination of real stress and deformation of structural membranes in large-scale membrane component tests,
    • Overview over past and current tent structures,
    • Dimensioning of steel cables for membrane structures conforming to standards,
    • Impact of atmospheric exposure and loading on chemical structure and mechanical properties of ETFE foils,
    • New software solutions for formfinding and integration of CAD-data in the FE-model,
    • A novel architectural woven membrane with coloured patterns for the Al Bayt stadium in Qatar,
    • Development and use of large-scale umbrellas as roofing.

    Papers will be published in the proceedings.

    The conference language will be German.



  • TensiNet Partner Meeting 2/2018 & Annual General Meeting

    28 September 2018

    The TensiNet Partner Meeting 2/2018 & Annual General Meeting will take place at the “Essener Membranbau symposium 2018”.

    The symposium will be held on Friday 28th September from 9.00 until 16.15 and will be followed by the TensiNet Meetings.

    More detailed information will follow.


  • International Conference on Advanced Building Skins

    1 - 2 October 2018

    International platform for architects, engineers, scientists and the building industry

    The aim of the Conference on Advanced Building Skins is to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists and manufacturers to reduce the energy consumption of buildings. By fostering a lively exchange between these groups, this conference will shed light on the significance of the building skin, with a view to putting scientific know-how into practice.

    We are inviting you to present a paper on a topic falling within the scope of the conference, and to submit a proposal by 15 February, 2018. Below are the topics which will be covered in our Conference 2018.


  • Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference 2018 _ Turning Fibers into Value

    29 - 30 October 2018

    Aachen, Dresden and Denkendorf, together, are forming the 'textile triangle' of the future

    Boasting over 600 participants most recently, this conference counts as one of the most important textile conferences in Europe. Starting in 2016, the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research, Denkendorf (DITF) are now also a co-organizer. Thus, the Aachen-Dresden-Denkendorf International Textile Conference will take place on a yearly alternating basis at one of the three sites. Parallel to the International Textile Conference, the organizers respectively launch the German Textile Colloquium as a national equivalent with changing special themes in the spring.


  • TensiNet - TC 250/WG 5 meeting

    5 November 2018



    14 - 17 May 2019

    Techtextil provides an overview of the latest developments in the industry. An extensive supporting programme provides additional technical inspiration and opportunities for discussions.


  • TensiNet Symposium 2019 “Softening the Habitats: Sustainable Innovations in Minimal Mass Structures and Lightweight Architectures”

    3 - 5 June 2019

    The 6th International TensiNet Symposium “Softening the Habitats: Sustainable Innovations in Minimal Mass Structures and Lightweight Architectures” will take place from the 3th to the 5th of June 2019 at Politecnico di Milano, in Milan, Italy.

    The 2019 TensiNet Symposium (TS19) is organized and hosted by the TensiNet Association and in particular by Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) and Textile Hub, which is an interdepartmental research laboratory on textiles and polymers at PoliMi.

    The 2019 TensiNet edition will open a twofold reflection - by means of both the conference (TS19Conf) and exhibition (TS19Exhib)- on current innovations, trends and strategies in the field of lightweight membrane structures and mainly on the future of those technologies, which the TensiNet Association is interested in: tensile and pneumatic structures, textile architecture, membranes and foils, ultra-lightweight constructions and structural skins.

    The main topic are Soft Structures, Softening the Environment & Soft Skins.


  • ICSA2019 - The 4th International Conference on Structures and Architecture

    24 - 26 July 2019

    The aim of ICSA2019 is to present research and developments on the merging of architecture and structural engineering and is intended for an audience of researchers and practitioners world-wide with a background in architecture and in structural engineering.

    This is the world's leading and largest global conference bridging the gap between Structures and Architecture. The contributions on creative and scientific aspects in the conception and construction of structures, on advanced technologies and on complex architectural and structural applications represent a fine blend of scientific, technical and practical novelties in both fields.

    The conference will facilitate the meeting of international participants interested in the recent advances in the art, practice and theory of designing and building infrastructures in which the structural and architectonic values are consciously combined and the contribution of each other is mutually enhanced.

    It includes architects, structural and construction engineers, builders and building consultants, construction industry persons, academics, researchers, students, product manufacturers, material suppliers, project managers and contract administrators, asset managers, government authorities of infrastructure development and others.