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Nothing to do with hides – ‘stressed skin’ …

Comment posted South Kintyre artist’s studio shortlisted in 2016 Structural Awards by Robert Wakeham.

Nothing to do with hides – ‘stressed skin’ is a term for a method of construction where panels are designed to use the tensile strength of the surface ‘skin’ in combination with the backing frame or panel to provide the strength to resist being distorted by loads – e.g. wind.
In buildings the skin surface is predominantly of sheet metal, but it can be something else – plastic film, as in translucent roof panels, or even treated fabric or paper, as in some early aircraft, stretched over the frame. Tarred canvas, birch bark and animal hides have been used for boats, and they could all be termed stressed skin construction, of one sort or another.
The panels at Ronachan have been pressed with a pattern to give extra rigidity and strength, as well as creating a strong pattern.

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