Inflatable / January 29, 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.
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.
You could easily paddle on remote lakes or rivers. Or how about taking your kayak on vacation with you? Bring it in your luggage on the plane and you could be kayaking almost anywhere in the world. That would be pretty difficult to do with a hard-shell kayak. You could take an inflatable kayak on a city bus or bicycle to the water. During off season the kayak would take up minimal storage space. Inflatable Kayaks are Tough and Durable When most people think of an inflatable kayak they picture a cheaply made plastic boat for kids. They picture a kayak that would burst from hitting the smallest rock or branch.