5 Common Geosynthetic Clay Liner Applications

5 Common Geosynthetic Clay Liner Applications

If your facility is at risk for experiencing a spill or leak, you need a comprehensive and durable containment solution to mitigate hazardous environmental exposure. And if your facility has already experienced a spill or leak, you need a solution fast.

When it comes to containment and waste management, US FUSION is your expert in rapid response and problem solving. We make sufficient repairs, we prevent future disasters, and we commonly do it using geosynthetic clay liners.

Below, we’ll walk through what geosynthetic clay liners are, as well as a few common applications for geosynthetic clay liners.

What Are Geosynthetic Clay Liners?

Geosynthetic clay liner systems are hydraulic barriers manufactured with a variety of low-impermeability materials and supporting geotextiles and geomembranes. All of these materials are adhered with chemical adhesives and mechanical processes like extrusion.

Geosynthetic clay liners are primarily used for waste management and containment. There are a number of environmental laws set by regulating agencies that require any potentially harmful seepage to be contained and disposed of properly — otherwise, these hazardous materials could cause major environmental and health issues. Although there are many containment methods available, geosynthetic clay liners provide great benefits in terms of fast installation, durability, and cost-effectiveness.

5 Geosynthetic Clay Liner Applications

Geosynthetic clay liner systems can benefit a number of containment applications. In this article, we’ll walk through just five of the most common:

1. Geosynthetic Clay Liners for Landfills

Landfills are specifically built to contain and manage waste in a responsible, effective manner. When they’re managed improperly, they can be one of the biggest contributing factors to environmental damage.

Landfills need a containment solution to prevent solid and liquid garbage waste from seeping into the soil and contaminating the surrounding groundwater and environment. That solution often involves geosynthetic clay liners, which are proven to ensure protected, safe conditions for years to come.

2. API Tanks & Foundation Liners

API stands for the American Petroleum Institute, which is an industry authority on all things oil. They’ve established standards for the design and fabrication of steel storage tanks that store oil, gasoline, and chemicals. One such API standard is the requirement that API tanks be lined with a low-permeability solution at the bottom to prevent damage from leaks or spills. There are also some API tank applications that require another layer of lining on the foundation where the tank is set, providing maximum environmental protection.

3. Geosynthetic Clay Liners for Ponds

Geosynthetic clay liners aren’t just great for managing harmful materials — they’re also great for containing something as pure as water in a designated area. One instance where this is helpful is lining a pond.

While some ponds have natural clay bottoms that provide enough of a barrier, some require an artificial or custom-fabricated solution. Geosynthetic clay liners are a great option for keeping necessary water in the pond, while also blocking sediment and other debris from entering it — preserving its natural, ecological beauty and all that resides within it.

4. Spill Containment Berms

Spill containment berms are square or rectangular “boxes” with walls that are just a couple of feet tall. They’re used to prevent hazardous materials from spilling and contaminating the environment, and they’re most commonly placed underneath high-risk devices like oil drums and tanks.

Geosynthetic clay liners can provide spill containment berms with an extra layer of protection. When placed on the surface of the berm and below housed devices, they can contain any spills and prevent rough terrain like rocks or sticks from poking through and causing contamination.

5. Secondary Containment Dikes, Berms & Levees

Secondary containment is an essential safeguard in stopping the release of spills. In the event that your primary containment system fails, having a backup can save you and the environment from a lot of costly damage. The versatility and durability of geosynthetic clay liner systems make them the ultimate backup for complete compliance and safety.

If you need a comprehensive containment solution for your application, you can trust US FUSION to deliver excellence. With decades of experience using a wide range of geosynthetic and secondary containment products, our rapid response, quality workmanship, and dedication to environmental responsibility show in all steps of our process. Give us a call or contact us online so we can help find the most effective option for your application.

What Is HDPE Piping?

What Is HDPE Piping?

HDPE piping is one of the things we do best here at US Fusion — but if you’re not working with it every day like we are, you may have some questions about what it is and how it works.

Below, we’ll explore the answers to some of those questions, giving you an overview of everything you need to know about HDPE piping: what it is, what it’s used for, and how it can benefit your application. 

What Is HDPE Piping?

First things first — HDPE stands for high-density polyethylene, which is a type of thermoplastic made from petroleum. It’s flexible, but that definitely doesn’t mean it lacks in strength or performance. Among other things, HDPE is known for its outstanding water, chemical, and impact resistance — all qualities that come together to make it a top material choice for a number of applications, including heavy-duty piping. 

What Is HDPE Piping Used For? 

HDPE piping is corrosion and abrasion-resistant, making it a great material for transporting various solids, liquids, and gases safely and effectively. You can find HDPE piping being used for many industrial applications, some of the most common being:

  • Municipal and industrial water and waste
  • Potable water
  • Wastewater and sewer
  • Drainage
  • Firewater
  • Oil and gas gathering systems
  • Methane recovery systems
  • Landfills
  • Water supply lines for oil recovery 

The bottom line is, from firewater to hazardous waste, there is no system more effective at safely containing and transporting material than HDPE piping. 

What Are the Benefits of HDPE Piping?

In recent years, HDPE piping has grown in popularity in various industries — and for good reason. Many have come to realize the countless benefits it brings, including:

HDPE Piping is Durable

Arguably the greatest benefit of HDPE piping is its exceptional durability. It offers water, temperature, and corrosion resistance — three things that other types of piping (galvanized steel, PVC, copper) just can’t do. Depending on how it’s applied, designed, and installed, HDPE piping can last an astounding 50-100 years. 

It’s More Affordable Than Other Options on the Market

Since HDPE piping is made of plastic, it’s much more lightweight than other types of piping. This means that it usually costs less to manufacture, transport, and install. It can also help save money and resources in regards to reduced installation time and labor. 

It Delivers High Performance Across Applications

One of the biggest issues you may face with other piping systems is leaks. However, HDPE’s installation and fusion process lends itself to unparalleled leak-free performance. The fused seals are even capable of handling the frequent surges common in water distribution and oil transportation. 

Easy to Repair and Maintain

On the off chance that your HDPE piping does have performance issues, due to aging or normal wear and tear, repairs are simple. With trenchless techniques and technologies, these failing pipelines are easily rehabilitated without too much hassle. If it’s time to replace or upsize your existing system, HDPE makes it easier than ever. 

HDPE is a Sustainable Piping Option

For multiple reasons, HDPE piping is a fairly sustainable option. It takes less energy to manufacture than non-plastic pipes, requires fewer fittings due to its flexibility, and prevents hazardous toxins from escaping into the environment. It’s also capable of being recycled into non-pressure piping applications. 

How Is HDPE Piping Installed?

HDPE pipes can be installed through two techniques: trenching and trenchless. Trenching involves digging deep trenches, then installing the pipe. It’s messier than the trenchless technique, but it works more effectively for certain applications. 

Trenchless installation, as the name suggests, doesn’t require digging any trenches before the pipes can be installed. It makes use of many different techniques to get the job done, such as directional drilling, slip lining, cure-in-place lining, and pull-in-place lining. 

If you’d like to learn more about how HDPE piping may suit your application, contact US Fusion. We’re one of the only companies in the industry equipped with over 35 years of experience in complete installation, supply, and on-site fusion. All of that experience combines to deliver you some of the most specialized HDPE piping systems on the market.