HDT Global's AirBeam® structures are based on new manufacturing technology that exploits the unique properties of braid by creating a layer of highly oriented fiber reinforcement that is, in effect, a flexible composite structure. Multiple fiber angles are used to create a completely determinant structure giving the beam extremely high strength, high bending stiffness, and high inflation pressure.
HDT Global's AirBeams® frames are highly structural and damage tolerant with benign failure modes. They are also extremely overload tolerant. When loads exceed the shelter design's load the beams deflect, but no permanent damage is incurred; when the load is removed, the beams return to their original shape with full load capability. The AirBeam® frames also have large inflation margins, the amount by which the beam can be over-inflated without damage. All AirBeam® structure designs are tested to 300% of their working pressure. If punctured by sharp objects or small firearms, the beams will not decompress explosively. Instead, they fail gracefully, allowing for easy repair.
Tough, flexible, and easily repaired, A&P braid helps make HDT Global's AirBeams® the perfect choice for the U.S. Air Force.