Aeration tube makes swimming safer

Apr 04, 2013

Accidents with pool grilles result in fatalities every year. Pool owners and builders are hardly aware of the risks of suction entrapment. UT student Joost Avezaat studied the technical safety of water circulation systems in European pools together with the Blue Cap Foundation. This resulted in workable solutions.

Pools with a water circulation system in which water is drawn through grilles are a major risk. Swimmers can get sucked onto a grille if they block it. In the worst case, the swimmer will not be able to free himself from the grille. This is known as suction entrapment, a problem that has not been widely publicized and that is little understood due to lack of serious research. Those involved in swimming pool design and construction simply do not possess the relevant expertise and equipment.

Aeration tube

In his final project for his Master's degree in Industrial Design and Engineering, Joost Avezaat describes the optimal application of current safety systems in combination with aeration tubes. Currently available measures in the area of sensors and grille techniques are often not sufficient for addressing the problem of suction entrapment.

Aeration tubes are an effective and cheap solution. Drawing on the results of this study, the technique has already been applied in several in the Netherlands. Aeration tubes eliminate the localized underpressure in the pumping system by introducing air into the water. Experiments show that aeration tubes reduce the risk of suction entrapment, and, when used together with other , can eliminate the risk altogether. Additional design requirements for aeration tubes, drain grilles and systems can eliminate suction entrapment risk from all swimming pools, both new and existing.

On Thursday, March 28 at 14:00 Joost Avezaat will give a presentation entitled " of Circulation Systems – Developing safety measures and design requirements to exclude entrapment risk." Location: De Spiegel building (room 3), on the UT campus.

Explore further: Sistine chapel dazzles after technological makeover

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Controlling insects in stored grain

Aug 25, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- Aeration -- blowing ambient air through grain storage bins -- has been used for decades to maintain the quality of grain by keeping it cool, as well as to manage stored insect pests. But few ...

Vets warn about swimming pool safety for dogs

Feb 18, 2013

Vets working in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Murdoch University are concerned that the numbers of dogs dying or suffering near drowning incidents in swimming pools may be on the rise.

Recommended for you

China web users laud Apple boss for coming out

4 hours ago

Apple chief Tim Cook's announcement of his homosexuality was the top topic on Chinese Internet forums Friday, with many users lauding him as a hero—and some joking about his declaration. ...

Sistine chapel dazzles after technological makeover

Oct 30, 2014

High above the altar in the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, the halo around Jesus Christ's head in Michelangelo's famous frescoes shines with a brighter glow, thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.

Free urban data—what's it good for?

Oct 29, 2014

Cities around the world are increasingly making urban data freely available to the public. But is the content or structure of these vast data sets easy to access and of value? A new study of more than 9,000 ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.