Inflatable / January 6, 2019 / Laetitia Beauchesne
Inflatables came very much into the public eye as architectural and domestic object when synthetic material became commonplace. Iconic structures like the US Pavillion on the 1970 Osaka Expo by Davis and Brody and Victor Lundys travelling pavillion for that Atomic Energy Commission popularized the idea that inflatables can be a way to build large structures with very extendend interior spans without pillars. These nice hopes for inflatable structures would later be dashed by the many practical difficulties faced by inflatable buildings such as climatization safety sensitivity to wind and fire proofing that currently restrict their use to very particular circumstances.
Inflatables are basically commercial signages that are filled with air. It can assume any imaginable shape-from a simple circular ball to a giant robot. Hot air balloons can also be categorized under inflatables advertising. Inflatable costumes and inflatable balloons are some of the most popular forms of inflatables. Inflatable costumes are walking inflatables that interact with audiences. This type of inflatable is mostly loved by people especially by kids. It is an effective way of making your brand closely visible to your target market and it also builds a certain personal connection with them making it memorable and not easily forgotten.
The planning dependence upon an indoor pocket of gas leads to a necessity for a really durable surface material and/or simple repair of tears and holes on the material since a puncture or tear will result within the escape of the gas inside (a leak) and also the deflation of the inflatable which depends upon the gass pressure to hold its form. Detectable leaks can be caused by holes (from punctures or tears) on the material the separating of seams the separating of valve components or an improperly close or improperly closing valve. Even if an inflatable possesses no macroscopic leaks the gas inside will usually diffuse out of the inflatable albeit at a much slower rate until equilibrium is reached while using pressure outside the inflatable.