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ASTM’s Nov. 7 deadline for GCL abstracts

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ASTM invites papers for “Current and Future Practices for the Testing of Multi-Component GCLs.”

About the event

Title: Third Symposium on Current and Future Practices for the Testing of Multi-Component Geosynthetic Clay Liners

Date: Friday, June 29, 2012

Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina–San Diego, Calif.

Sponsored by: D35

Deadline for abstract submittal: Monday, Nov. 7, 2011

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A major motivator for this new symposium is the advent of “multi-component GCLs.” These materials can be defined as a “GCL with an attached film, coating, or membrane that decreases the hydraulic conductivity or protects the clay core or both.”

Either a thin plastic barrier is attached to one geotextile component of the GCL or a geotextile component is coated with a polyolefin polymer. In both cases, the added barrier extends the GCL’s range of use to a number of site conditions that were previously considered prohibitive (e.g., presence of roots, greater chemical threat, protection against desiccation, etc.).

It is now the task of ASTM D35’s Subcommittee D35.04 to identify the proper tests for these newer multi-component GCLs, either by adopting or modifying existing test methods, or by developing new procedures to help designers, owners, operators, regulators, manufacturers, and other stakeholders test these materials.

Abstracts due Nov. 7

The Committee invites all interested authors to submit abstracts for Current and Future Practices for the Testing of Multi-Component Geosynthetic Clay Liners.

Topics of the symposium include:

  • Mechanical Testing
  • Peel and Shear Behavior
  • Hydraulic Testing
  • Durability of Multi-component
  • Field Performance
  • Research Studies

The official language of the symposium is English.

To participate in the symposium, presenters/authors must submit online the Abstract Submittal Form and attach a 250-300 word preliminary abstract no later than Nov. 7, 2011. Scroll to the top of the page to “Go to Abstract Submittal Form.” To ensure your abstract was received into the ASTM database system, please email stating that your abstract was submitted.

The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. Because a limited number of abstracts will be accepted, be sure that the abstract is complete to allow for careful assessment of the paper’s suitability for this symposium.

Symposium Chairman Kent Von Maubeuge will notify you via email by Nov. 30 of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium. If the preliminary abstract is accepted, the presenter/author will be requested to submit a final camera-ready abstract several months before the symposium. The final abstracts will be distributed in an abstract booklet at the symposium.


Symposium presenters are required to submit their papers to the Selected Technical Paper (STP), an online and printed, peer-reviewed publication for the international scientific and engineering community. Additionally, you may wish to review the new web-based submission and peer-review site. After the final selection of abstracts has been approved, the ASTM Editorial Office will send authors’ instructions via email only. Manuscripts to be peer reviewed for the STP are due online no later than June 15, 2012 at the ASTM Editorial Office. The corresponding author (the author who is the main contact with ASTM Headquarters) will receive a copy of his/her paper in portable document format (PDF). All published authors will have the opportunity to purchase reprints of their papers at a nominal cost.

ASTM publishes individual paper(s) in the online STP as they are finalized ASTM also publishes a printed book as a Selected Technical Papers (STP). (A minimum of ten papers is required for a printed STP.) Only those papers submitted by the manuscript due date will be included in the STP.

Additional information about the symposium is available from Symposium Co-Chairs Kent P.Von Maubeuge, NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, Espelkamp-Fiestel, Germany, email:; and J.P. Kline, Geotechnics, East Pittsburgh, Pa., email:, 412 823 7600.

Source: ASTM

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