Inflatable / October 10, 2018 / Zurie Chandonnet
If youve owned one of the older cheaper style inflatable boats you know you also have to invest in repair patches or a roll of duct tape. New high quality inflatable kayaks are changing peoples impressions of inflatable boats. New inflatable crafts are made from puncture and abrasion resistant rubber often reinforced with polyester fabric. This is much stronger than the PVC material used for most cheap inflatable boats. Under normal circumstances it is quite unlikely that you would puncture these new rubber materials. Even if you did most inflatable kayaks have at least three separate air chambers.
Inflation occurs through several strategies: pumps ram-air billowing and suction. Examples Typical examples of an inflatable include the inflatable boat the balloon the airship furniture kites and numerous air-filled swimming pool toys. Air beams as as structural elements are finding increasing applications. Balloons are inflatables. Smaller-scale inflatables (such as pool toys) generally consist of one or more "air chambers" which are hollow enclosures bound by a gentle and flexible airtight material (equivalent to vinyl) which a gas can enter into or leave from through valves (regularly one on each air chamber).
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.