Montana Canvas is one of the premier tent building companies in the world. Their product line includes backcountry tents, wall tents, and large scale shipping tarps. Currently they are looking to expand their product line to include large party tents of up to 60’ in width. Eric Schowengerdt and Nick Morales, both Mechanical Engineering students at Montana Tech, have both designed fixtures and verified several of the fixtures already in use by Montana Canvas. These fixtures were put through finite element analysis on a computer and many static hand calculations, which simulated the loading on them from 120 mph to 85 mph wind conditions. This report will outline the processes used to determine the max loading area, alternative solutions to the structure, and finite element analysis on the structure.
Schowengerdt, Eric and Morales, Nick, "Montana Canvas Tent Structure Design" (2016). Proceedings of the Annual Montana Tech Electrical and General Engineering Symposium. 9.