Fabric Pipelines and Earth Containment Structures

by Robert Nicholls, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Structures and Geotechnical Engrg. Program, Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Coll. of Engrg., 130 DuPont Hall, Univ. of Delaware, Newark, Del. 19711,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 9-20

Document Type: Journal Paper


Spun-bonded fabrics are produced by spinning filaments from spinnerets to make a mat of continuous filaments; these are then bonded at their junctions with heat and pressure. The principal advantage of spun-bondeds is reduced production costs. Construction methods are proposed for the use of spun-bonded fabrics in submarine pipes, retaining walls, and dredge-filled marine structures. Estimated costs are compared with existing costs of construction by alternative methods.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Fabric structures | Pipelines | Soil structures | Construction costs | Fabrics | Bonding | Offshore pipelines

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