Geosynthetics Unearthing New Applications

by Daniel Morse, Assistant Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,
Joseph Fluet, Principal; GeoServices In. Consulting Engineers, 1200 S. Federal Highway, Suite 204, Boynton Beach, FL 33435,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 10, Pg. 50-53

Document Type: Feature article


Geosynthetics are now a $700 million industry. Called geomembranes, geotextiles, geogrids and geocomposites, geosynthetics complement or replace geotechnical designs. Five case studies of recent applications of geosynthetics are presented including: hazardous waste landfill; municipal waste landfill; reinforced vertical wall; reinforced steep slope; and reinforced containment dike. Federal guidelines and research support a movement towards engineering with geosynthetics, particularly with the geomembranes used in landfills. Still, the industry is producer dominated, in innovations and support data. Many engineers and scientists desire more research into the durability of geosynthetics, an issue addressed in a side-bar of the article.

Subject Headings: Hazardous wastes | Municipal wastes | Landfills | Geosynthetics | Industries | Geomembranes | Case studies | Waste containment

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