Use of Geosynthetics in Deicing Facilities at the Cleveland Airport

This article discusses the use of geosynthetic materials, specifically plastic-laminated clay liners (GCL), aggregate-filled cellular confinement systems, nonwoven geotextiles, and high-density polyethylene (DHPE) pipe- in the construction of Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport’s (CLE) new deicing facility. One immediate cause of concern that stimulated improved deicing methods came from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA), which criticized GCL for its deicing runoff (from fluids such as ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and urea) into the nearby Abram and Silver creeks. The GCL used was needlepunch-reinforced sodium bentonite encapsulated between both woven and unwoven textiles and was implemented as a hydraulic barrier layer for the pavement of the deicing area. The project is an example of mediating between environmental protection and minimizing functionality loss due to delays.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 16-23
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  • Accession Number: 01052175
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 24 2007 2:31PM