Sustainable Geotextiles for Transportation Applications from Recycled Textiles

Geosynthetic fabrics and fibers are used in a wide variety of transportation applications. Geosynthetics in transportation applications perform at least one of the following functions: separation, filtration, reinforcement, drainage, protection, or fluid barrier. Traditional geosynthetic fabrics and fibers are engineered with specific performance applications in mind but with a relatively high material cost. Apparel and home textiles are routinely landfilled, representing a large waste stream that is increasing in volume; this waste stream is a potential feedstock that could improve the sustainability and reduce the cost of geotextiles/geosynthetics for a wide variety of transportation applications. This report describes the results of tests conducted to measure the engineering properties of common apparel fabrics, to explore their potential for beneficial re-use within the transportation infrastructure construction community.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Delaware, Newark

    Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, DuPont Hall
    Newark, DE  United States  19716

    University of Minnesota, Duluth

    Swenson College of Science and Engineering
    1049 University Drive
    Duluth, MN  United States  55812

    Haley & Aldrich of New York

    1441 Broadway, Suite 6031
    New York, NY  United States  10018

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Meehan, Christopher L
    • Clarke-Sather, Abigail R
    • Poggiogalle, Tyler M
  • Publication Date: 2019-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; Illustrations; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 97p

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  • Accession Number: 01720553
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAIT-UTC-NC43
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC28
  • Created Date: Oct 23 2019 9:52AM