Principles of glazing adjusted for hydrostatic pressure
Ideas, designs, materials! This is a simple formula of Planeta Neptuna Company success. Following this formula our personnel have been considered the best experts in this field, despite the fact that the foreign countries have wider practice of using acrylic panels in pool construction, than the domestic representatives; still, we often managed to find unusual decisions beyond the limits of worldwide experience.
Implication of pressure-adjusted glazing in pool construction is quite easy. Acrylic panels are set into a concrete or composite pool basin. Acrylic can be used practically for any part of a pool: walls, bottom, portholes, corner joints, partitions, specifical areas for different procedures and functional purpose, other details and small articles. The main restriction that should be taken into consideration is temperature expansion of acrylic.
Because of that peculiarity, it is not recommended to use acrylic panels which are longer than 10-12 meters. However, this feature can be compensated by means of flexible leak-proof joints or expansion blocks. The rest of issues depend only on our designers and client’s imagination. The implementation of transparent walls has changed the very role of a swimming pool in the architectural design of a house, hotel, waterpark or day spa. Now, a pool is not simply a basin in the ground – it is a complicated architectural element that can add to the entire stylistic concept or represent a key element itself. Modern acrylic swimming pools with the underwater windows are worth the masterpieces of a world-known Spanish Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi and would perfectly match the neofuturistic buildings of an Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. One can use every piece of space around the pool, at all levels, including the area under it, which can be designed as a leisure area, a procedure room, customer reception room, etc. Use acrylic glazing adjusted for hydrostatic pressure to separate this area from the pool. Technical premises area will not suffer on this account, since 20% bordering on the pool basin is enough. One should bear in mind that a glass hot tub shows itself to the best advantage in a combination with a pool. Apart from that, if you ever had a dream of an outdoor or protrusive pool, now it can come true. Such objects have become quite popular lately. They are usually installed on the roofs or in balconies and bring delight and joy to the owner and his guests. You shouldn’t avoid complicated shapes and unusual designs. An acrylic sheet is easy to treat and it showed its worth in hot and wet climate. Moreover, acrylic can be chemically and physically modified in many various ways. Let’s compare an acrylic sheet and a silicate glass sheet of the same size and thickness in equal conditions under dynamic and static loads. The standard acrylic sheet proved to be 11 times harder and more durable, while a sheet of special shock-resistant acryl, which is widely used for vandal-proof equipment, transparent hockey helmets shields or rink boards, is up to 38 times stronger than silicate glass. Simply saying, you can rely upon the structural properties of acrylic. Transparent underwater windows are also used in the construction of sports swimming pools, which makes it much more convenient to officiate and keep up a running commentary of Olympic water sports, such as water polo, swimming, springboard diving, synchronized swimming, etc. For that purpose, a pool is provided with viewing portholes at a technical level for underwater shooting, or with an open platform having transparent walls for observing underwater and overwater parts from grandstands. Amazing! Now it is possible to have a full view of the event! Glass pools and hot tubs are widely implemented on yachts and boats. This became possible due to the increasing trend of compact designs based on the use of transparent elements. The International Yachts and Boats Exhibition, which took place in Dubai in 2012, was a good demonstration of it. Given the fact that the common room area is limited, some additional space is always of great advantage.
Honourable designers and architects should take these techniques into consideration and mind the optical peculiarities of acryl in order to extend potentials and implement new great ideas. The optimal financial decision consists in a maximum use of a standard-dimension acrylic sheet area (3000*2000 mm). Other dimensions, obtained in the result of cutting and end jointing by means of chemical glueing, are also acceptable.
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