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 I have a home project to help a coworker install a fabric shade structure
(tensioned fabric structure).  He wants to install one of these in his yard
and is asking for my structural help.  This thing is a tensioned fabric
canopy measuring about 12' x 12' and looks like a sail stretched into a
parabola.  The manufacturers web site ( shows that the
pretension on the anchor cables at about 100#.

Does anyone have information on how to calculate the wind load and
associated anchor tension on these (simple) fabric structures that they
could share with me?

Phoenix, AZ

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