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Shear strength

Features | October 1, 2008 | By:

Subject: Shear strength — We are looking for interface shear strengths of a geocomposite- to-geocomposite interface. Both composites would have nonwoven fabric. Is test data available that indicates what this interface strength would be? (Chet, Ohio)

Reply: The shear strength of the 2 nonwovens against one another is in the neighborhood of 20-30° depending on the normal stress applied.

These same fabrics on geonets, in the form of a geocomposite, are another story. The underlying ribs of the geonets will result in a stick-slip mechanism during shearing displacement, whereby the response will be quite irregular.

You should really commission a few tests, where the applied normal stress is critical.

Bob Koerner | GMA Techline

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