New technology, 3-D printing could change geosynthetics industry

In recent weeks, several articles have crossed our desks about new material and technology that could turn the geosynthetics industry on its head.

The potential of new material such as nanogeocomposites and 3-D printing could expand the uses and durability of geotextiles, geomembranes, waterproofing membranes and geosynthetic clay liners.

Both of these articles can be found at Geosynthetica’s website.

The first, which appeared July 13, was an transcript of an interview between editor Chris Kelsey and Gary Fownes, an engineering geology lecturer at the School of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. It was a fascinating peek at how 3-D printing is adding another perspective to research into strength of geosynthetic materials and how to build better interfaces. As 3-D printing continues to be a hot topic and becoming more accessible and less expensive, the application of this technology is changing the face of many industries including our own.

The second article appeared Aug. 12, calls for ideas for uses of the graphene to improve materials. Graphene is a single layer of carbon atoms in a hexagonal lattice formation. It is said to be stronger that steel by weight and has high electrical conductivity. While is it already in use for geotextiles, more can be done to include such a versatile element into other projects. Join the discussion to see what other applications graphene might be suited for.

We hope that these articles inspire you this week.


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