Liner and Pool Cover Material Thickness - Mil, Micron and Millimetres Depending on where you are from you will have heard the terms mil, micron and millimetres to describe the thickness of pool, dam and pond liners as well as Pool Covers.. Mil is an imperial US term, micron is a technical term that has been in use for a number of decades and millimetre is the proper metric way of stating a material thickness.
A simple ratio exists between them all: 1 Mil = 1/1000th of an inch = 0.0254 mm 1 micron is 1/1000 of a millimetre (mm) Where did these terms come from? Some interesting History Mil:- The use of Mil as equalling 0.024 inches in measuring and engineering was first used by Henry Ford as a better, consistant measuring system for his car parts. The Swedish inventor Carl Edward Johansson actually chose the relationship as it allowed switching between metric and imperial threads in a lathe by using wheels with 100 and 127 cogs on them. At this point in history there were many different “inch” lengths, and the development of the “standard inch” ended up taking about 30 years. The mil terms remains a purely American engineering term. Metre and Millimetre:- The origin of the SI unit metre began in 1668 when the English cleric and philosopher John Wilkins proposed a decimal based unit of length. On the 27th of October 1790 the French Academy of Sciences suggested a basic unit of length equal to one ten-millionth of the distance between the North Pole and the Equator, to be called the metre. The first occurrence of metre in this sense in English dates to 1797. Over the decades, this definition has been refined so now the current definition of a metre (or meter if are in the US) is the length that light will travel in a vacuum in 1/(299 792 458) of a second.
Ok, enough of the nerdy stuff, so you have for example a 500 micron pool liner, what does this really mean? Using the above ratios, 500 microns is simply 0.5 mm or 20 mil The Thickness of Pool Covers The thickness of a pool cover is usually measured in microns, and does not include the bubble height. Common pool cover thicknesses are 250, 400, 500 and 600 microns. Typically the thicker the material, the longer it can withstand the Australian sun, but the heavier it will be.
The Thickness of Pool Liners Pool liners are usually measured in mm, and the recommended thickness for an inground pool liner is 0.75 mm. For an above ground pool, 0.5 mm is the recommended thickness. While it is possible to buy thicker liners, remember that these are not always better as the tracking used to hold the liner in is usually only designed for a specific thickness. Becareful if you go thinner, this is because the material has to stretch into place, and below these thicknesses the material might become too thin where it stretches and is more likely to fail. Fabric Solutions Australia is the leading provider of custom design, fabrication and installation of liquid containment solutions, architectural fabrication and fabric products. From industrial and military-specific uses to domestic applications, our solutions are the best in terms of high quality materials, first-rate knowledge and a brand that has been trusted to deliver quality fabric solutions for decades. For More Information Visit: - Pool Liners