Geomembrane Liner Performance in the Arctic

by Lynne M. Anderson, Sohio Alaska Petroleum Co, Anchorage, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Cold Regions Engineering


A geomembrane liner must be selected not only on the basis of its chemical compatibility with the substance to be contained, but also on the basis of its physical performance characteristics in Arctic environments. Several attempts have been made to line containment areas in the Arctic with a geomembrane. These attempts have met with only limited success due to the severe arctic conditions. This paper describes criteria, procedures, and results of the laboratory testing that was designed to simulate actual conditions the liner is subjected to during shipment, installation, and seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. A total of twenty-three different liner materials were evaluated.

Subject Headings: Geomembranes | Linings | Material tests | Soil tests | Laboratory tests | Freeze and thaw | Chemicals | Seasonal variations | Arctic

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