Graphene to improve flexural strength in fibreglass swimming pools

PureGRAPH graphene additives from First Graphene will be incorporated into leisure pools manufactured by Aquatic Leisure Technologies, one of Australia’s largest swimming pool manufacturer.

The two companies have executed a two-year sales agreement for the supply of PureGRAPH graphene powders. A new range of fibreglass swimming pools incorporating PureGRAPH into the Aquatic Leisure Technologies produced laminate structure will be launched in August 2020.

Lew Beale, Chairman ALT, Warwick Grigor and Lynley Papineau, Managing Director ALT
First Graphene and Aquatic Leisure Technologies have conducted extensive test work over the last two years for the incorporation of PureGRAPH into the resin systems used for the construction of Aquatic Leisure Technologies’ award-winning swimming pools.

The two companies have demonstrated improved flexural strength through the addition of small percentages of PureGRAPH graphene powders. Immersion testing has been completed in accordance with ASTM D750 standards, and this has confirmed reduced sorption curves, which will reduce the potential for osmotic blistering.

Aquatic Leisure Technologies have been the industry leaders in pool innovation and the new range of pools incorporating PureGRAPH will enable a totally new proprietary construction process and provide the next generation of fibreglass pool technology.

Aquatic Leisure Technologies will exclusively source graphene and any other graphite or graphene products from First Graphene. For an initial period, the supply of PureGRAPH will be exclusive to Aquatic Leisure Technologies for application in the production of fibreglass swimming pools for sale in Australia, New Zealand the United States of America, and Reunion Island. The initial annualised minimum order quantity to be achieved in the first two years of the Supply Agreement is 2,500 kg (2.5 tonnes pa) of PureGRAPH.


Craig McGuckin, Managing Director for First Graphene, said:

“The execution of this Supply Agreement represents one of several anticipated for 2020.We are pleased to have worked with Aquatic Leisure Technologies to develop a unique range of fibreglass swimming pools for local and export markets. Graphene is helping our customers to develop new products not previously seen with non-graphene technologies. PureGRAPH additives are a key enabler in taking elastomers, composites, coatings and concrete materials to a new level and we will continue to seek out further new applications and markets where graphene can add value.”

Lynley Papineau, Managing Director, for Aquatic Leisure Technologies, said:

“Aquatic Leisure Technologies is committed to developing innovative solutions for our customers.We are excited by the product we have developed with First Graphene. These are two innovative, Australian founded companies who are taking new technologies to a world market. The implementation of PureGRAPH into our company’s range of swimming pools is the beginning of a new era for pre-moulded fibreglass swimming pools. Greater strength, durability, water and chemical resistance. After two years of extensive research and development we can truthfully boast that this breakthrough in material science has allowed Aquatic Leisure Technologies Pty Ltd, in conjunction, with First Graphene Ltd, to be world leaders.

Monoblock fibreglass in-ground swimming pool

Companies: Aquatic Leisure Technologies, First Graphene

Industries: Sports, Leisure & Recreation

Terms: Applications, Innovations

This article has been edited by Basalt.Today
This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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