How does the notion of custom-made apply to the design of an aeraulic network?


With fabric, many variations are possible. Made-to-measure does not only exist in haute couture industry. Indeed, fabric is available in several forms and thus offers many benefits.

Over time, ATC has acquired a key know-how in the design of complex fabric air networks. Constraints faced by ventilation professionals increase a lot (restricted space, lighting systems, racks, 100% washable equipment…). Thus, ATC has adapted by relying on specific tools and the design of modular pieces.

The need to adapt and to integrate

AIRNEO fabric ducts by ATC ogger a wide variety of shapes, fabrics, colors and suspension types.

Like a boilermaker for sheet metal network, ATC is able to design and manufacture all shapes and pieces on demand.

The most common pieces used to adapt the pathway are: elbows, centered or eccentric reductions, connections (supply, departure, oriented or not, centered or eccentric) eccentric sections…
 

There are also shaped pieces that serve as an interface between the upstream network (AHU, rigid network) and the fabric duct itself such as a Y collector, round square…
Modelling of “Y” collector et straight diffusing duct
Modelling of “Y” collector et straight diffusing duct

Regarding the duct shapes, 4 main families exist:
  • circular duct used (most of the time) when there are no space constraint
  • ½ circular duct used when the height is limited and for aethetic reasons
  • ½ circular duct used when volumes are very small such as in laboratories
  • ½ elliptical used when the height available for the air diffusion section is very low

Fabric, a light solution

Thanks to its flexible and light features, the fabric can be adapted to all configurations. It also reduces the constraints that can be faced when dealing with the duct installation and hanging. The use of textile duct then appears as a cost-effective and economical solution, meeting real constraints.

What are the available types of fabrics to manufacture tailor-made fabric duct?
  • FIRST LT and FIRST HV fabric
  • GOLD fabric
  • DIAMOND fabric
  • CRISTAL fabric
  • ANTIBACTERIAL and ANTISTATIC fabric
At ATC, we also leave you the choice of the colour which will bring an aesthetic aspect and/or will allow you to identify certain specific zones in connection with your implementation process.
 

“Suspended air”: the main types of suspension

Various suspension systems are available, the aim is to adapt to the application in order to favor assembly/disassembly, aesthetics or technical constraints of the building.
There are three main types of suspension systems: cable suspension, profile suspension and rail suspension.

Cable suspensions :
These suspensions are usually selected as part of a circular diffuser, as they perfectly fit into this configuration. This type of suspension adapts to the most important constraints that you may encounter.
(left) Bi-cable (right) Mono-cable
(left) Bi-cable (right) Mono-cable

Profile suspensions:
These suspensions are usually selected as part of a semicircular, quarter-circular or semi-elliptical diffuser. The choice of these suspensions implies mounting on smooth, flat walls.
Bi-cable
Bi-cable

Rail suspensions:
These suspensions are generally selected to hold up large weights and duct diameters, and they have this very functional aspect with their castors/trolleys. The straight holding of the duct along its length is perfectly carried out.
(left) Mono Twist’n’Fix aluminium rail (right) Bi Twist’n’Fix aluminium rail
(left) Mono Twist’n’Fix aluminium rail (right) Bi Twist’n’Fix aluminium rail

In the context of designing an aeraulic network, many technical characteristics must be taken into account: shapes, geometries, types of suspensions, etc. This is why it is important to carry out your project with specialists who will be able to understand your issues and assist you to meet them.
Do you need support to carry out the geometry of your air network?

Please contact our technical team at: technique@aerotextile.com