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Tent on Wheels: Redefining the Term "Portable Structure"

 A Northwestern tool engineering company in the United States contacted us with a need for a seriously cool fabric structure--a temporary storage building that could roll across a manufacturing site in Gainesville, Texas. This large storage tent needed to both shelter workers from the elements and house a prototype testing facility. The customer asked Mahaffey to provide a structure that would be guaranteed to stand up to consistent wind speeds long term. Mahaffey met the customer’s needs by providing them with a customized 50' by 50' structure, complete with wheels.

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The company was prototyping a type of wind turbine blade.

  • Because this company does research for wind turbine development, it was crucial that the temporary structure be placed at a site that has consistently high wind speeds.
  • The structure needed large enough to house the required material the company was testing.
  • The structure needed to be able to travel a distance of around 120 feet.

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The challenge: The customer asked for a structure on wheels. But, if not anchored into the ground, the tent could become like a giant kite. The structure had to be designed with the mobility to roll as well as the ability to attach to the ground.  

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The structure is complete with pneumatic tires. The customer was pleased with the finished product  a truly, literally portable structure. 

Check out another portable structure in action in this video.

 

 

 

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