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Technical paper: Permeable synthetic fabric membranes 1 - their use in the strengthening of soils

By D J Hoare, University of Birmingham

This paper was first published in GE’s July 1978 issue

This is the first of two articles on permeable synthetic fabric membranes; the second, to appeared in GE’s November 1978 issue and will covers the factors affecting their choice and control in geotechnics 

Synopsis

Permeable synthetic fabric membranes have been used in civil engineering applications associated with soils for about two decades. This article considers the mechanisms by which fabrics ‘strengthen’ soil and investigates recent developments in their use. 

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