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A tent made from experimental eco-materials has been taken to one of the harshest climates in the world to test its endurance.
The tent is made from space blanket materials, re-cycled yacht sails and plastic bottles and will be tested in the extreme temperatures including 200mph biting winds of Antarctica.
Research - Design - Buildings - Scotland
And the research could also impact on the future design of buildings in Scotland.
Heriot-Watt Emeritus Professor, Sue Roaf has been working with the Universities of Lisbon and Bahrain on the part of the Polar Lodge Project and is currently on-site in the South Pole with ProPolar expeditionary teams.
Professor - Sue - Roaf - Wisdom - Yurt
Professor Sue Roaf said: "We have taken the best of the traditional wisdom of an Asian yurt, then optimised its form with racing-yacht hull design modelling and experimented with some amazing new materials to lighten the tent and significantly improve its performance.
"This is exciting research that could impact even the design of buildings around us in Scotland."
Yurt - Style - Tent - Space - Blankets
The traditional yurt style tent is lined with space blankets with an outer weather skin of Dyneema made from re-cycled racing yacht sails. The thermal flooring is of cork and plastic bottle carpets and underlays from WeaverGreen with solar lighting inside.
Designed to be very light to carry, easy to...
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