Survivability and Durability of a Nonwoven Geotextile

by R. Bonaparte, GeoServices Inc, Boynton Beach, FL, USA,
C. Ah-Line, GeoServices Inc, Boynton Beach, FL, USA,
R. Charron, GeoServices Inc, Boynton Beach, FL, USA,
L. Tisinger, GeoServices Inc, Boynton Beach, FL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geosynthetics for Soil Improvement


This paper presents the results of a field investigation and laboratory testing program to evaluate the properties of two different polypropylene, thermally-bonded nonwoven geotextiles exhumed from seven existing unpaved road structures. The results of the field investigation and test program are used to assess the construction survivability and long-term durability characteristics of the two materials. Measured geotextile strengths after one to twelve years of burial range from 50 to 90% of their initial values. The conclusion is reached that almost all of the strength loss experienced by the geotextiles is due to mechanical damage that occurred during construction.

Subject Headings: Geosynthetics | Thermal properties | Highway and road structures | Construction materials | Material durability | Material tests | Strength of materials | Field tests

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