Geotextiles are permeable fabrics which when used in association with soil, have the ability to separate, filter, reinforce, protect or drain.
Geotextiles are made from either polypropylene or polyester and geotextile fabrics come in three basic forms: woven, needle punched (resembling felt), or heat bonded (resembling ironed felt). In Australia the most popular geotextile used is the polyester needle punched fabric, as the polyester is more UV stable than the polypropylene material.
- Filter: Geotextile fabric is an excellent filtering medium as it allows fluid to pass through the fabric yet retains fine particles, as you would see in an aggy drain. Great for wrapping perforated pipes and rock to create a path for fluid to pass though yet keep the fines out. Another large use in Australia is in the construction of a landfill cell, where filter geotextile sits atop the filtration rock separating the waste material placed on top allowing the leachate to pass through down to the liner.
- Separate: Geotextile when used as a separation layer prevents two different fill materials such as aggregate and soil from combining. When used correctly the geotextile will increase the life span of the civil project, allowing the two separate layers to perform as designed for longer.
- Protection: Geotextile when used as a protection layer acts as a cushioning barrier between the geosynthetic lining system and other layers of the dam or landfill cell. Generally the larger mass rolls of geotextile provide the best cushioning protection. As a protection barrier it helps prevent puncturing and leaks from external forces coming into contact with the liner.
Geotextile comes in varying widths, lengths and thickness. Below is a table regarding sizes. FW is the thinnest material and A64 is the thickest material.
|Range||Strength Class||Length (m)||Approximate Mass Per Roll Width (kg)|
Geotextile in a landfill application is joined by overlapping approximately 150mm and heat bonding together.
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