Study on the Evaluation of Snow Load on a Roof of a Membraoe Structure in regions with heavy snowfall

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Publication year 1997
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Title Study on the Evaluation of Snow Load on a Roof of a Membraoe Structure in regions with heavy snowfall
Author Hideharu Yamaguchi,Tsukasa Tomabechi
Summary Membranes have high transmissivity within the visible-light range and are used in buildings to create a bright interior space. In regions with heavy snowfallEŒvarious means are used to remove snow from the roof of membrane structures in order to maintain a bright interior space during winter. HoweverEŒthe current evaluation of snow load on the roof of membrane structures is the same as that used for buildings from which snow removal is not frequently carried out. This is thought to be due to the current small number of membrane structures in regions with heavy snowfall and to insufficient clarification of the effectiveness of methods for removing snow from roofs. In this studyEŒwe conducted interviews with building managers as well as on-site surveys with regards to snow accumulation on the roof of membrane structures for the purpose of collecting data that may be used as a basis for appropriate evaluation of snow load on the roof of membrane structures in regions with heavy snowfall.