Wicking Geotextiles Getting Noticed by US DOTs

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

Roughly eight years ago, TenCate Geosynthetics was involved in a now well-studied project along Alaska’s Dalton Highway. The road served as the only ground transportation route between the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay and the city of Fairbanks, but the extreme northern environment caused significant degradation along the 500-mile highway due to frost heave. Wicking geotextiles were proposed to streng... »

Enhanced Wicking Geotextile Emerges from an Engineering Challenge

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

The Alaska Department of Transportation brought a specific engineering challenge to TenCate Geosynthetics: the need to enhance lateral drainage from roadway subgrades to minimize frost boils. The company came back not only with a design solution but a very unique geotextile, one which is now finding many different applications. Mark Sikkema of TenCate Geosynthetics discusses the development and us... »

6-Year Update: Frost Heave Mitigation for Alaskan Highway

On by Geosynthetica
News and Articles

By TenCate Geosynthetics – A woven geosynthetic (Mirafi® H2Ri) was installed on the Dalton Highway in northern Alaska. The work was part of a research project being conducted by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The heavily instrumented test section, which sought to reduce frost heave and boils, was installed on a stretch of highway called Beaver Slide. Beaver Slide was a well-known problem spot... »