Apparent cohesion leads to eventual failure

January 1, 1970  |  Geogrids, Products

These photos show a wall failure next to a corner. This failure occurred in an area where successive triangular sectors of geogrid layers were not installed. Failure is to be expected because reinforced walls without reinforcement should fail. Curiously, this failure occurred about one year after th…
Geogrids

January 1, 1970  |  Geogrids

Geogrid products are designed for reinforcement and, characteristically, are integrally connected to elements separated by in-plane apertures. Geogrids form a distinct category of geosynthetics designed for reinforcement. These products are characterized by a relatively high tensile strength and a u…
Inadequate compaction necessitates massive remedy

January 1, 1970  |  Geotextiles, Products

These photos show a massive remedy utilizing anchors needed for an initially inexpensive geotextile reinforced wall. One reason that necessitated this remedy is poor compaction. Also, risers collecting surface water were embedded in the reinforced soil zone. These risers were connected sequentially …
Erosion control materials

January 1, 1970  |  Erosion Control Materials

These products are designed to help solve erosion- and sediment-control problems and to provide long-term stabilization by establishing and maintaining vegetative cover. Erosion-control products give engineers ready solutions for one of the fastest-growing design niches. Many of these products work …
Redundancy that helped a wall survive an extremely high seismic load

January 1, 1970  |  Geogrids, Products

This photo shows a geosynthetic-reinforced soil wall that survived a substantially higher seismic load than its designed seismic load. This resulted from redundancy due to use of soil design Φ value lower than its actual value. Furthermore, the substantial apparent cohesion and toe resistance were …
Drainage materials

January 1, 1970  |  Drainage Materials

Geonets, sheet drains, edge drains, and prefabricated vertical drains are all designed to offer strong, performance-enhancing alternatives to traditional drainage systems. Geocomposite drainage systems are engineered to minimize costly, conventional graded-aggregate and/or perforated-pipe subsurface…
Project Angostura

January 1, 1970  |  Geotextiles

Geotextile tube coffer dam By Sören Schmidt The problem, the plan… The Angostura project is owned by Colbún, one of the largest energy producers in Chile. Angostura is a hydroelectric dam project with a capacity of 350mw. The dam is situated in the Bio-Bio River, a few kilometers d…
Geocells

January 1, 1970  |  Geocells

Geocells are engineered for protection and stabilization applications. They are often used to help improve the performance of standard construction materials and erosion-control treatments. Geocell products are three-dimensional, expandable panels made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyeste…
Geotextiles in unpaved roads: A 35-year case history

January 1, 1970  |  Feature, Geotextiles, Separation, Testing & Materials, Transportation

By William M. Hawkins Abstract This article presents current information on geotextiles installed experimentally in an unpaved road 35 years ago. In 1972, geotextiles were largely untested, and the site was set up as an accelerated field test to determine the comparative performances of several fabr…