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Selecting a textured geomembrane

Products | April 11, 2022 | By:

Solmax makes the case for selecting a textured geomembrane, like the company’s FrictionFlex, based on the type of application.

By Aparna Jayakumar, Technical Manager, EMEA, Solmax

Close-up photograph when choosing a textured geomembrane
Textured geomembrane. Photograph courtesy of Solmax

Choosing a textured geomembrane largely depends upon the type of application in which the geomembrane is being used.  

The amount of interface friction between a geomembrane and the layer in contact with soil or other geotextiles requires different types of surfaces (smooth or textured) for different applications. Installation of a geomembrane and the product´s mechanical properties are heavily influenced by the method of texturing.  

Solmax FrictionFlex geomembranes are coextruded geomembranes, applied with a surface texture with molten polyethylene mixed with hot air. This process is carefully undertaken to ensure no reduction of the mechanical properties.  

Thus, applications demanding high multiaxial strength, puncture resistance and other mechanical properties with a textured surface could best use a FrictionFlex geomembrane. 

For applications requiring a combination of a geomembrane and a geotextile, a geosynthetic clay liner, a drainage geocomposite and soil material, FrictionFlex geomembranes are a good choice, thanks to the high frictional forces that can be developed even with a bare-minimum asperity. Higher asperity alone means higher stress concentrations and, thus, an irregular stress concentration. Such additional stresses can be avoided in the case of a FrictionFlex geomembrane. 

For applications needing different interface friction on either side of the geomembrane, FrictionFlex allows you to adjust the quantity of texturing on either side.  

Because direct welding between two geomembranes is possible, time, money and labor can be saved from the extra grinding that might otherwise be necessary. Moreover, the texturing of FrictionFlex means the product can be laid flat over large surfaces, a common consideration in the installation sector.

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