An open solicitation to join in a round-robin effort to find a substitute for Igepal CO-630

June 1, 2021  |  GSI News

Improved stress-cracking resistance in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembranes has been a quest of our industry and a hot research topic for years. The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) has been working in this area since the mid-1980s.
A new specification for geotextile grout filled mattresses

April 1, 2021  |  GSI News

By George R. Koerner Geotextile grout filled mattresses (GGFM), also referred to (in ASTM D18.25/D35.05) as fabric-formed concrete (FFC) or fabric-formed concrete revetments (FFCR), are erosion-resistant concrete linings made from durable, permeable fabric forms that are filled with high-strength gr…
Extreme direct shear testing

February 1, 2021  |  GSI News

By George R. Koerner The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) is doing direct shear testing under extreme environmental conditions (i.e., specifically extreme temperatures). At the prompting of two member companies, we have initiated an effort in this regard. This work looks at response curves over a wide r…
Testing wind-resistant geosynthetics

October 1, 2020  |  GSI News

By George R. Koerner As you can see by Figure 1, we are experiencing a new age of geosynthetics. Over the past 15 years, we have seen a propensity of polymeric materials left exposed to rather than covered from the environment. This is in large part due to the strides geosynthetic manufacturers and …
Benefit/cost analysis as it relates to service life of geosynthetics

August 1, 2020  |  GSI News

GSI to host webinar on stabilization with nailed or anchored geosynthetics the Wednesday

June 22, 2020  |  Events, GSI News

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) will sponsor a webinar, “In-Situ Stabilization of Soil Slopes Using Nailed or Anchored Geosynthetics,” on June 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT. Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) member companies and their employees receive discounted rates on all GSI web…
Test method for determining leakage through imperfections in GMs of a composite liner system

June 1, 2020  |  GSI News

George R. Koerner This article describes a large-scale test method intended to determine the leakage through imperfections in a geomembrane (GM) under a given head. It can be used as a performance test to simulate field conditions where the GM is physically breached. The test method places a GM test…
GSI issues request-for-proposals for graduate student fellowships

May 18, 2020  |  GSI News

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) announces a worldwide request-for-proposals (RFP) focusing on innovative geosynthetics research and development projects. There will be several awards given, each for $5,000. Emphasis will be placed on relevant topics of interest and/or concern to the geosynthetics c…
How does your geosynthetic react to changes in temperature?

April 1, 2020  |  GSI News

An essential aspect of geosynthetics is that they function well over a large range of temperatures in either buried or exposed environments. There has been much work in this area; see Giroud and Morel (1992), Koerner and Koerner (1995 and 2006), Lord, Soong and Koerner (1995), and Tsuboi, Imaizumi a…
The GMA Techline is 15 years old

February 1, 2020  |  GSI News

By Robert M. Koerner The GMA Techline was initiated on Sept. 1, 2004, as a free worldwide answer center for questions involving any, or all, aspects of geosynthetics. There were no constraints put on the questioners, or on the answers that were provided by the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI). To date, …