How can geosynthetics help energy transition?
2 May 2023
Urgent action is required in the energy sector in order to achieve decarbonization. Burning fossil fuels for energy is a major source of carbon dioxide, contributing to the greenhouse gas (GHG) responsible for global warming.
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How can geosynthetics accelerate agriculture outputs and improve resilience?
Agriculture is the backbone of the developing world. Irrigation and water storage are two of the biggest challenges for farmers worldwide – but particularly in countries vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Geosynthetics – the innovation gaps and opportunities
Some see the geosynthetics industry as too big, complacent, slow to change. Is there place for innovation? At Solmax, we believe the answer is a ‘yes’!
An important step towards a circular economy
Solmax is harnessing new recycling technology to transform production waste into high-tensile continuous filament nonwovens.
Why your choice of rod for extrusion welding matters
Extrusion welding is a highly effective seaming method that’s primarily used for detailed patching work on polymeric geomembranes such as GSE® HD and GSE LL.
How to perform proper quality management on geomembranes
As a vital part of a landfill, tailings dam or wastewater treatment facility geomembranes provide a barrier between your waste and the environment.
How to prevent toe leakage in flexible vertical barrier walls
The Solmax CurtainWall flexible vertical barrier system is a type of cut-off wall system composed of an HDPE membrane impermeable layer and a chemical grouting curtain. The vertical barrier system contains pollutants within a specified area.
How do you select geosynthetics for biogas containment systems?
Biogas production from anaerobic waste stabilization ponds, typically used for treatment of wastewater from farms and industry, is a smart, sustainable, eco-responsible option.
How GEOTUBE is used in the dewatering of mine and mineral slurries
GEOTUBE® systems are well-established for dewatering various slurry types, optimal for industrial wastewater, mining, agriculture, municipal, and environmental dredging.
Flexible lining materials in channels and slopes
RECPs are flexible lining materials commonly used for controlling erosion on slopes and in channels.
How do you know which textured geomembrane to select?
Selecting the right geomembrane depends on its application. Installation as well as mechanical properties are influenced by the method of texturing.
Sludge pond closure using geotextile reinforcement
The rising popularity of GEOTUBE® systems for dewatering mineral waste can be attributed to their efficiency, versatility, and cost-effectiveness, especially in varying ore price situations.
Development of sustainable and high-quality construction design
Norbert Wagner, Chairman of the Geosynthetics Industry Association (IVG) and ex-Managing Director of Solmax Germany, discusses the evolution from non-wovens to pioneering building materials.
How to get GEOTUBE dewatering right
Achieving effective solutions in engineering relies on mastering the basics. With GEOTUBE® dewatering systems, proper foundational design and application lead to straightforward dewatering processes.
How to engineer a gravity wall system
Gravity retaining walls utilize the wall system's weight to counteract the earth's pressures from the soil it retains. Commonly used walls are made from rock-filled gabions or interlocking concrete blocks weighing 1,800 lbs (815 kg) or more.
How to stablize transportation infrastructure with minimal carbon impact
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) needed to secure a steep slope between an interstate and a maintenance station. This slope stood at 70 feet (21.3 m) high with gradients ranging from 1.7H:1V to 1H:1V.
Understanding typical values, MARV and minimum values
Often, we're asked to differentiate between Minimum Average Roll Value (MARV), Typical Value, and Minimum Value (MV) in the context of geosynthetics. These terms, crucial for design and specification, must be clearly understood.
How dry is too dry in sludge dewatering?
Different slurry types have varying solid concentrations. GEOTUBE® efficiently retains solids in various slurry types.
How to test geotextile tensile strength
There are three accepted test methods that indicate the tensile strength of geotextiles. These are the grab tensile test, the wide-width tensile test, and tension creep tests.
How to combine systems for optimal performance
For over 30 years, the Hixson Athletic Association fields in Chattanooga, TN have been a center for community sports and recreation.
Stabilizing the eroding Monogahela riverbank
The Lenape term "Mënaonkihëla" translates to “where banks cave in or erode” and inspired the name for the Monogahela River in southwest Pennsylvania. This naming is due to the riverbanks' geological instability.
A focus on sustainability - interview with Jürgen Gruber, Director of Marketing and Sales
A Focus on Sustainability - Interview with Jürgen Gruber, Director of Marketing & Sales
How resilient flood mitigation protects the Louisiana levee system
After Hurricane Katrina's widespread destruction in 2005, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) initiated one of America's largest public works projects.
How to securely connect PROPEX Pyramat with traditional engineering solutions
Though PROPEX Pyramat is effective on its own, it can be combined with traditional solutions like concrete, rock riprap, and gabions for enhanced results.
How the I-65 was rehabilitated with a sustainable paving interlayer
Interstate 65 near Indianapolis, IN experienced pavement cracks due to heavy traffic. The road consisted of asphalt concrete layers above jointed concrete pavement.
Long-term solutions for climate change resilience
After a decade, the PROPEX Pyramat 75 remains robust, effectively tackling Tucson's extreme conditions and flood incidents.
Reducing carbon footprint in marine structures
Mitigating an operation’s carbon footprint is crucial. A thorough analysis aids companies in informed decision-making.
Is a GCL with granular bentonite really better than one with powder?
Solmax uses both powder and granular bentonites it's GCL products, so which one is better?
How to estimate erosion control material quantities for slopes and channels
We often get asked how to accurately calculate the quantity of erosion control blankets (ECBs), turf reinforcement mats (TRMs), and high-performance turf reinforcement mats (HPTRMs) for slopes and channels.
How to drive earth anchors in adverse conditions
At Solmax, we use percussion-driven Engineered Earth Anchors (EEA) to establish a deep artificial root system for PROPEX® Armormax®.
How to enhance road longevity with MIRAGRID asphalt interlayers
Solmax's lab experiments reveal that using MIRAGRID® asphalt interlayers in road reconstruction can increase the service life of asphalt surfaces by three to four times.
How new age landfills are built
MIRAGRID GX geogrids serve various vital roles in reinforcing soil in landfill facilities. They support tensile loads and limit strains.
How to install Engineered Earth Anchors in shallow depth installations
This article will focus on the installation of engineered earth anchors in shallow depth installations (typically between 3 ft (91.44 cm) and 5 ft (152.4 cm)).
How to decode “or equal” in a bid specification
For an engineer, displaying a masterpiece means their project is advertised for bid. At this point, it is common for viewers to question the “why” and “how” of the project.
How to achieve sustainable dewatering with GEOTUBE
Originating from the GEOTUBE system, these tubes are crafted from specially formulated synthetic fabrics. Solmax's dewatering solutions offer holistic methods, focusing on all sustainable dewatering facets.
GEOTUBE systems come of age for mining and mineral process waste
In recent years, the adoption of GEOTUBE® systems for dewatering mineral waste and mine water management has surged. What's driving this rise, and how effective are these systems with complex slurries?
How can textured geomembranes be used in waste landfill designs
In solid-waste containment applications, ensuring the stability of the waste mass, the lining system and subgrade are critical to the success and longevity of the solution.