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Using Geotextile Fabric in Livestock Operations - A comprehensive article published by OSU discussing application, installation & maintenance of woven geotextiles and nonwoven geotextiles in agricultural applications.

Geotextile Feeding/Traffic Surfaces and Costs - An article that includes illustrations of geotextile feeding systems and a cost comparison of geotextile based pads versus traditional rock and cement pads.

Cooling Ponds for Dairy Cattle - This article, published by the University of Florida, discusses site selection, pond shapes and depths, proper shading and maintenance and discusses the use of cattle carpet.

Improving Farm Roads with Drainage - A short article published by the University of Minnesota detailing the importance of good drainage of the sub-grade to increase the life of farm roads. Drainage must always be addressed before using stabilization geotextiles.

Heavy Use Area Protection - The NRCS discusses using a separation geotextile and stone to protect areas such as stream crossings, cattle watering areas and feeding troughs, watering ramps, feedlots, walkways, loafing areas and farm roads.

Geotextile Pads for Mud Control in Heavy Use Areas - University of Kentucky - Article on using geotextiles (Cattle Carpet) to add reinforcement and separation to fight mud in livestock applications.

Performance Of Geotextile Tubes With And Without Chemical Amendments To Dewater Dairy Lagoon Solids - A geotextile filtration tube was used to dewater lagoon solids from a first stage dairy lagoon with success.

Coastal Applications

Geosynthetics and Geosystems in Hydraulic & Coastal Engineering - Chapter 12, pg 895 discusses expected lifespan of geotextiles in these structures.


NRCS Conservation Practice Standards - A complete index of all NRCS conservation practice worksheets and practices including many that involve the use of geotextiles such as access roads.

Geosynthetics for Trails in Wet Areas - 2000 Edition - A comprehensive article published by the FHWA detailing the uses of geotextiles, geogrids and geonets for trails in wet areas.

General Applications

DJC - Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce - A very general overview of geosynthetics. Great as a starting point to a better understanding of geosynthetics.

Engineering Use of Geotextiles - Produced by the Departments of Army & Air Force. Fairly comprehensive, it covers pavement, filtration, drainage, embankments, railroad track stabilization, erosion control and reinforced soil walls.


Evaluation of Oxidative Behavior of Polyolefin Geosynthetics Utilizing Accelerated Aging Tests Based on Temperature and Pressure - A Drexel University study on the aging of geotextiles and geogrids under temperature, pressure, water environments.

Evidence of the Durability of Geosynthetics: Geosynthetic Barriers - HDPE. Elongation down 90%, S-OIT down 30%, predicted service life 20-25 yr. PVC/geotextile composite. Elongation down 70%, predicted service life 10-15 yr. Hypalon. Tear strength down 60%, predicted life10-15 yr. EPDM (2 yr) Elongation down 30%, predicted service life 15-20 yr. LLDPE (2 yr) Tear strength down 10%, predicted service life 10-15 yr.

Installation and Ultra-Violet Exposure Damage of Geotextiles - The results showed that the nonwoven geotextiles presented a better installation damage behavior than the woven geotextile. The damage caused by the UV exposure was more significant to the nonwoven geotextiles (PET) than the woven geotextiles (PP), especially due to the polymer used in their manufacture process.

Difficulties Associated With Specification of Protection Geotextiles Using Only Unit Weight - In the USA it is common to specify using the unit weight of the geotextile. This paper presents the results of an investigation that show a large degree of variation in protection performance related to manufacturing process of geotextile, and hence demonstrate clearly that unit weight should not be used as the criteria for the design of geotextile protection layers.

Long Term Performance of Geotextiles - How long is the expected service life of a geotextile when installed in an earth structure and in contact with atmospheric conditions and chemical products?

MSE Walls

FHWA- Effects of Geosynththetic Reinforcement Spacing on the Behavior of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls - A rather technical article detailing the impact spacing of geogrid or geotextile reinforcement has in controlling the behavior of MSEWs.

Roadway Stabilization & Separation

Geotextiles in Road Construction, Maintenance & Erosion Control - University of Massachusetts. How important is permeability? Improper installation and poor product choice are main culprits in failure.

Validating Mechanisms in Geosynthetic Reinforced Pavements - Geogrids or Geotextiles? They report, you decide!

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