A floating bulkhead is made purely of plastic components up to 7 m in length, which are assembled in the drained pool.Two stainless steel longitudinal beams are also included in the construction to reduce vertical and horizontal deviation. As the pool is filled with water, the bulkhead starts to float and can be pulled into its parking position. Here the excess air is vented from the inner air chambers so that the shoulders projecting from the front side of the bulkhead come to rest on the edge of the basin. Lock bolts are used to secure the bulkhead against displacement when it is in its position for use.They are inserted, through the shoulder, into the sockets which are fitted in the approach slope of the basin’s edge.

A rope winch with pull rope and a floor socket for each front side respectively, as well as a compressor with a temporary hose connection are included in the scope of delivery for the floating bulkhead. To start moving the floating bulkhead, air is initially injected into the float chambers.Then the standing step elements are folded in pneumatically via stainless steel cylinders.This process provides sufficient clearance for the exchange of displaced water, facilitating movement of the bulkhead. The mounted folding elements are used as standing steps at the outside. In terms of height, they are aligned with the standing steps of the basin - regardless of whether the latter are integrated into walls of the pool or project. Depending on width, the floating bulkheads can be furnished with one or two rows of starting blocks. As a rule, they are provided with a cable channel covered with grids - for a permanently installed or an additional temporary timing system. Similar to running bulkheads, floating bulkheads are equipped with flowthrough openings at the level of the waterline.

For more information and images of the Running Bulkhead from KBE you vist their website here.


Running bulkheads consist of bend and torsion resistant stainless steel construction designed to minimise deflection. They are supplied either with glass-fibre reinforced or stainless steel sections.The bulkheads are provided with resting step positions at both sides which are aligned with the resting step positions of the pool.They are always designed with recessed resting step positions - regardless of whether the pool has a recessed step position or a projecting step position. The drive unit consists of a DC motor with a voltage of 24 or 42 volts.This motor drives gear trains via two cardan shafts or (depending on the design of the tooth rails) via two bevel gear systems.The gear trains then enable movement of the bulkheads.

Two pairs of stainless steel rails are located in the pool.These rails are either sunk flush into the pool floor or the standing steps at the perimeter. Plastic wheel sets with rocker bearings run on these rail pairs.They transfer the weight of the bulkhead onto the pool construction via the respective rails.The width of the rails is aligned with the width of the tiles used so that the tile pattern is not disturbed.A part of the rail’s width is furnished with teeth that mesh with the gear wheel of the bulkhead. Power is supplied via a temporary cable, which is connected by means of plug-connectors as is the control panel. Distance covered and individual stop points are detected by the number of motor revolutions. For this reason it is possible to change the stop points subsequently as required.

Because the transmission ratio is so high, the bulkhead is locked in every stop position and secured against sliding by means of the gear wheels meshing with toothed rail. Depending on its width, the bulkhead can be equipped with one or two rows of starting blocks. If required, the bulkhead can also be supplied with a cable channel for an electronic timing system. The cable channel is always protected by a grid cover.

For more information and images of the Running Bulkhead from KBE you vist their website here.