Horticultural Studies (HortiS) 2006, Vol 23, Num, 2     (Pages: 24-35)

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF GREENHOUSE COVERING MATERIALS

Nefise Yasemin EMEKLİ 1 ,Kenan BÜYÜKTAŞ 1

1 Akdeniz Üniversitesi, Ziraat Fakültesi, Tarımsal Yapılar ve Sulama Bölümü, Antalya Viewed : 1520 - Downloaded : 1355 The ultimate design of a greenhouse has to present a balance between the overall structural design, the mechanical and physical properties of the cladding materials and the specific agronomic requirements of the crop. The factors effecting plant growth in greenhouses are light, temperature, humidity and CO2 concentration. Greenhouse cladding materials should have some propeties to provide appropriate inside environment and plant protection against outside effects. The mechanical properties of greenhouse coverings are very important in relation to their mechanical behaviour under various loading conditions and to the overall structural behaviour of the greenhouse. Behaviour of covering materials in short and long time period could be determined with mechanical properties. This study was carried out to investigate greenhouse covering materials and their mechanical properties. Keywords : Greenhouse, Covering materials, Mechanical properties