July 24, 2012

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Tent Ballasting goes high tech and ISC is ready to help with custom produced ballast.  The Tent Rental Division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International announced the release of the guidelines and online tool for ballasting of commercial tents. This calculator was derived based on a study completed with Clemson University Department of Engineering in Clemson, South Carolina.

The study focused on a series of basic experiments conducted to determine the performance of different ballast types on various ground surfaces. The performance of the selected ballasts, defined by the static and sliding friction coefficients for each ground surface under various conditions were defined by variables of interest. Variables included angle, anchor horizontal position, anchor vertical position, ballast type and surface type. A large number of drag tests were performed for each set of ballast and ground surface to determine the linearity (on non-linearity) of the ballast performance.