Field test of the performance of a double skinned ORV8 Tent Envelope

  • Susan Roaf (Speaker)
  • Pitts, A. (Speaker)
  • Tony Codd (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


More and more people globally are living in temporary structures as a result of catastrophic or systemic displacement of populations, as a result of climate change, wars and economic pressures. The need for more research on the cost and performance efficiency of tent materials and structures is clear but hindered the lack of precedents in the field. Little systematic research has been put into optimising tent designs for different climates and many new materials that may potentially be very effective in tents are not tested in relation to their performance as building materials. This paper describes first steps taken towards the development of an experiment evaluation of an innovative fabric, ORV8, in relation to its potential use in constructing a yurt like tent to be erected in the extremely cold and windy climate of Antarctica. The manufacturers of ORV8 were unwilling to support us in the larger scale manufacture of the material unless they could be certain that it would perform adequately thermally or structurally on site. To explore and test its performance, an experimental proto-tent was fabricated and then tested in a meat storage facility in Hull that is run continuously at around -200C. This paper reports on how the tent performed thermally during these exploratory tests and concludes with the lessons learn during the process.
Period10 Apr 2019
Event title1st International Conference on: Comfort at the Extremes: Energy, Economy and Climate
Event typeConference
Conference number1
LocationDubai, United Arab EmiratesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational