Lower trial weld strengths in polyethylene seams

October 1st, 2023

Polyethylene (PE) seaming techniques are used in the field to fabricate rolls of geomembranes into liner systems. There are two predominant methods used: hot wedge “fusion” welding and “extrusion” seaming. Over the past year, installers have noticed lower trial weld strength than in years past. This makes for much discussion on the jobsite between certified […]

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The challenge of geomembrane wild edge thickness

August 1st, 2023

Q: Over the past several years, we have seen a reduction in thickness of the weld edge (smooth edge) of textured geomembranes. This is presenting a challenge for installers when trying to achieve passing trial seams in the field prior to production welding. Destructive seam tests are passing, but just barely (10% above GM19a or […]

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GRI-GM19 peel specification

April 1st, 2021

Q: Our liner system is a double composite and along a western tie-in. We need to extrusion-weld the secondary 60-mil (1.5-mm) HDPE (new cell) to an existing secondary 40-mil (1-mm) HDPE (old cell), and the state is continuing to have issues with the fact that we are using the 40-mil (1-mm) GRI-GM19 peel specification as […]

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