Swimming Pool Supports Roll Formed by Samson

Trial and error is not the ideal method to use when engineering structures like in ground swimming pools. One manufacturer discovered this and then turned to Samson custom roll forming for the most effective means to provide support to their in ground swimming pools, and to keep their customers satisfied.

The Design Elements of a Pool

The pool design in question consists of three main elements: a steel reinforced concrete floor, the fiberglass sidewall, and a concrete footing at the intersection of the floor and the sidewall. When a pool of this design is being built, the sidewall panels are installed with structural supports laminated to the outside at 17″ intervals. The supports should extend beyond the bottoms of the panels so they can be secured into the concrete footing. Additionally, rods are inserted into the structural supports, then bent back and driven into the unexcavated ground. The objective: to keep the panels perpendicular while the pool walls are backfilled.
Since a typical pool is filled with approximately 23,000 gallons of water, the strength and rigidity of the walls must be at high levels.

The Customer’s Initial Designs

Initially, the pool manufacturer tried a structural support that was created by tack welding a 1/2″ conduit to a piece of 0.036″ cold-rolled steel brake formed to a 90° angle. These supports were expensive and inefficient, as the conduit had a tendency to pull away from the angle during the backfilling.

Next, the company tried a redesign that used two halves staked together to form a single structural support. Not only were these supports likely to spread apart under pressure, but even getting them ready for installation was a problem. Often, the halves would have to be reworked so they’d be straight enough to mate, and 5% were rejected due to looseness or breakage.
Samson’s Support Solution

After this trial-and-error approach, Samson’s engineers were called in. They developed a productive, and economical, solution: a one-piece, custom roll formed wall support.

The material used is 0.028″ hot dipped galvanized steel. Samson engineers, after studying the structural requirements of the component, designed ribs into the piece. The ribs provide an extra measure of strength, which permits the use of this lighter gauge material.

Operations performed in the continuous roll forming process for the swimming pool support include pre-notching, forming, and cutting to length. Overall, the Samson roll forming provided a 50% savings to the builder, as compared to the previously used techniques. If you think your company might benefit from Samson’s engineering and cost-saving innovations, simply click here to have one of our highly trained sales reps show you how to improve your product and reduce your costs.

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