A new process to firm up soft ground has been developed recently at Battelle-Geneva. In the process--which was developed with funding from a European organization--continuous, synthetic, hollow, textile filaments are incorporated into the ground to be hardened. Air pressure is then injected into the filaments to make them rigid. In soft or sandy ground masses, the three-dimensional arrangements of the pressurized filaments has the effect of plant roots that reinforce or stabilize surrounding ground. Potential applications of the new process are varied. For example, it could be used in sand dunes or highway embankments to neutralize erosion, giving vegetation a chance to take hold. Or it could be applied in sea-floor environments and to such structures as dikes. Also, hollowed-out basins could be firmed up for use as storage "tanks." A patent application has been filed for the process which is now being commercialized. And licenses for certain applications are available from the sponsor.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Battelle Memorial Institute

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  • Publication Date: 1981-1

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 8
  • Serial:
    • Battelle Today
    • Issue Number: 21
    • Publisher: Battelle Memorial Institute

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00330116
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM