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Alkalinity

October 1st, 2008 / By: / Geogrids

Subject: Alkalinity — I am working on a site where there is limestone bedrock. There may be some blasting required that could generate blasted rock fill.

Is there a concern with using limestone rockfill with HDPE or polyester-coated geogrids? (Mike, Virginia)

Reply: There is no concern over using the HDPE (or PP) geogrids in high alkalinity environments. Regarding the PET (assuming that the coating is not 100% complete or has been scratched during installation), there is a concern when the pH is more than 10. This may not be likely, but it is something you have to assess.

We will send a study to you regarding pH between masonry segmental wall units, which should be more active than limestone rock, I believe.

Robert M. Koerner, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, robert.koerner@coe.drexel.edu.

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