Revolutionizing Containment Applications: Geosynthetics are Amazingly Good, But Not Magical

by R. Kerry Rowe, P.Eng., Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada., kerry.rowe@queensu.ca,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2021, Vol. 25, Issue 2, Pg. 36-41


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Geotextiles and geomembranes have been around for more than 40 years and geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) for more than 25 years. During that time, they have revolutionized the containment of fluids. Their existence is well-known, but many engineers understand too little about what can be achieved when geosynthetics are used for containment applications. Let’s delve a little deeper into their characteristics, applications, and how to get the best performance from them.

Subject Headings: Geosynthetics | Clay liners | Geomembranes | Clays

 

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