Slideshow of Whales in Geomembrane Lining Systems

  • Slideshow of Whales - Geomembranes
    "Whales," or bubbles, in geomembrane liners are not common, but inexperienced design or installation can lead to whale formation.

A slideshow of whales in geomembrane lining systems. When gas gets under a geomembrane, bubbles–or, “whales”–can form. A number of reasons may be responsible, such as installation damage, poor seaming, or a lack of appropriate construction quality assurance (CQA) measures like liner integrity surveys.

Whales can impact wastewater facilities, manure lagoons, effluent ponds, and other lined installations.

The occurrence of whales in a lining system is rare. BUT: They can be extremely expensive to correct. Proper design, installation, and CQA should always be used.



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    • Thank you, Troy. If you ever have any site photos (problems or solutions) that you might share, please do. We welcome contributions from the global field. Cheers.

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