Conceptual Breakaway Swimming Pool Design For Coastal Areas

Nur Yazdani, Soronnadi Nnaji, Michelle Rambo-Rodenberry


Swimming pools have become an essential attachment to most habitable coastal construction such as hotels, condominiums and single family residences. A large swimming pool type structure may obstruct the free flow of floodwater and increase the turbulence. This in turn may increase the scour potential and the wave/debris action on the building and foundation. A conceptual breakaway concrete swimming pool design is described herein. It is demonstrated that this pool will withstand everyday factored water/soil loading, but will collapse and break away under extreme wave action, thereby minimizing the detrimental effects of a solid pool.


Breakaway; swimming pool; scour; coastal construction

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