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 Geosynthetics include a variety of synthetic polymer materials that are specially fabricated to be used in geotechnical, geoenvironmental, hydraulic.

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2  Geosynthetics include a variety of synthetic polymer materials that are specially fabricated to be used in geotechnical, geoenvironmental, hydraulic and transportation engineering applications.

3 The term ‘Geosynthetics’ has two parts:  The prefix ‘geo’, GEO : referring to an end use associated with improving the performance of civil engineering works involving earth/ground/soil.  The suffix ‘SYNTHETICS’, (Dictionary meaning : prepared or made artificially or combining separate elements to form a coherent whole) referring to the fact that the materials are almost exclusively from man-made products.

4  Can be of two types:  Natural  Coir, Jute, Hump.  Artificial  Polymeric, Metallic.

5 1. GeoTextiles (GT) 2. GeoGrids (GG) 3. GeoNets (GN) 4. GeoMembranes (GM) 5. GeoSynthetic clay liners (GCL) 6. GeoPipe (GP) 7. GeoComposites (GC) 8. GeoCells

6  Majority are made from polypropylene fibers  Standard textile manufacturing  Woven (slit film, monofilament or multifilament)  Nonwoven (needle punched or heat bonded)  Characterized by an open and porous structure  Mechanical and hydraulic properties vary widely  Very versatile in their primary function

7  It is a planar, permeable, polymeric textile product.  Currently available geotextiles are classified into the following categories based on the manufacturing process:  Woven Geotextile  Nonwoven Geotextile  Knitted Geotextile  Stitched Geotextile

8  It is a planar, polymeric product consisting of a mesh or net-like regular open network of intersecting tensile-resistant elements, called ribs, integrally connected at the junctions.  The ribs can be linked by extrusion, bonding or interlacing: the resulting geogrids are respectively called extruded geogrid, bonded geogrid and woven geogrid.

9  It is a planar, polymeric product consisting of a regular dense network of integrally connected parallel sets of ribs overlying similar sets at various angles.  At first glance, geonets appear similar to geogrids; however, geonets are different from geogrids, not mainly in the material or their configuration but in their functions to perform the in-plane drainage of liquids or gases.

10  It is a planar, relatively impermeable, synthetic sheet manufactured from materials of low permeability to control fluid migration in a project as a barrier or liner.  The materials may be polymeric or asphaltic or a combination thereof.  The term barrier applies when the geomembrane is used inside an earth mass.  The term liner is usually reserved for the cases where the geomembrane is used as an interface or a surface revetment.


12  Consist core of Bentonite Clay sandwitched between layers of thick nonwoven geotextiles.  Consists of Self repair mechanism.

13  It is a term applied to the product that is assembled or manufactured in laminated or composite form from two or more materials, of which one at least is a geosynthetic (geotextile, geogrid, geonet, geomembrane, or any other type), which, in combination, performs specific function(s) more effectively than when used separately.

14  A three-dimensional, permeable, polymeric honeycomb or web structure, assembled from geogrids and special bodkins couplings in triangular or square cells.  It is produced in the factory using strips of needle-punched polyester or solid high density polyethylene (HDPE).

15  A 3D permeable, polymeric structure made of coarse and rigid filaments bonded at their junctions used to reinforce roots of vegetation such as grass and small plants and extend the erosion control limits of vegetation for permanent installation


17  A plastic pipe (smooth or corrugated with or without perforations) placed beneath the ground surface and subsequently backfilled GEOPIPE

18  They are utilized in a range of applications in many areas of civil engineering, for achieving technical benefits and/or economic benefits especially in  Geotechnical engineering,  Transportation engineering,  Water resources engineering,  Environmental(Geo-environmental) Engineering  Coastal engineering,  Sediment and erosion control engineering.

19  Non-corrosiveness  Highly resistant to biological and chemical degradation  Long-term durability under soil cover  High flexibility  Minimum volume  Lightness  Ease of storing and transportation  Simplicity of installation  Speeding the construction process  Making economical and environment-friendly solution  Providing good aesthetic look to structures.

20  Geosynthetics have numerous applications.  They always perform one or more of the following basic functions when used in contact with soil, rock and/or any other civil engineering-related material  Separation  Drainage  Filtration  Fluid barrier  Reinforcement  Protection.

21  If the Geosynthetic material has to be placed between two dissimilar materials like soft soil and granular fill to prevent intermixing and to enhance the functioning of both material then it is known as “Separation”.  Figure shows that the geosynthetic layer prevents the intermixing of soft soil and granular fill, thereby keeping the structural integrity and functioning of both materials intact.

22  This function can be observed if a geotextile layer is provided at the soil subgrade level in pavements or railway tracks to prevent pumping of soil fines into the granular subbase/base course and/or to prevent intrusion of granular particles into soil subgrade.

23  Figure shows that the geosynthetic layer adjacent to the retaining wall collects water from the backfill and transports it to the weep holes constructed in the retaining wall.  It should be noted that while performing the filtration and drainage functions, a geosynthetic dissipates the excess pore water pressure by allowing flow of water in plane and across its plane.

24  A geosynthetic may function as a filter that allows for adequate fluid flow with limited migration of soil particles across its plane over a projected service lifetime of the application  Figure shows that a geosynthetic allows passage of water from a soil mass while preventing the uncontrolled migration of soil particles.

25  A geosynthetic performs the fluid barrier function, if it acts like an almost impermeable membrane to prevent the migration of liquids or gases  Figure shows that a geosynthetic layer, installed at the base of a pond, prevents the infiltration of liquid waste into the natural soil.


27  Surface stabilization: (surficial erosion control) A geosynthetic provides surface stabilization when it is placed on a soil surface to restrict movement and prevent dispersion of surface soil particles subjected to erosion actions of rain and wind, often while allowing or promoting growth of vegetation.  Vegetative reinforcement: A geosynthetic provides vegetative reinforcement when it extends the erosion control limits and performance of vegetation.

28  Geosynthetics enables the use of local materials.  Unskilled labour can be employed.  Innovative solutions to solve different problems economically  The GeoSynthetics are really to be considered as a third revolution in the field of civil engineering as no branch of civil is untouched by its use


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