For all major and minor construction projects, slope protection, soil stabilization, erosion control, and earth retention systems are some significant needs. Civil Engineers and landscape architects always worry about how crucial these solutions can be. But you don’t have to worry anymore as C6XTY is here to help with all these aspects.
C6XTY lattices can protect the soil structure from erosion and ensure that the slopes are stable for different requirements. Whether it is topsoil for landscaping or permeable aggregate for better protection, the lattice structure is capable of surviving severe conditions in the most efficient way.
- Need for Erosion Protection – We all know that all-natural slopes are vulnerable to the natural erosion forces. That’s why; erosion control is a critical aspect of construction work.
- Shielding & Improving the Soil’s Resistance – By increasing the soil’s resistance to erosion, the exposed areas are protected from the direct impacts of wind and rainfall.
Overall, it is the erosion control method that we need to focus upon. So, here, we will discover the most effective ways that work for soil stabilization, slope protection, and erosion control as well.
Solutions for Soil & Slope Erosion:
1: Articulated Concrete Blocks:
These blocks are placed in such a way that a formation of interconnected grids is made. It is built on the waterways and manmade drainage channels so that erosion of the soil can be prevented. One of the main reasons to use these blocks is because they can be made in a variety of shapes and thicknesses.
2: MSE Walls:
The Mechanically Stabilized Earth has already replaced several traditional concrete retaining walls. The MSE walls act as an earth retention system and used for various construction sites.
3: Turbidity Barriers:
Such barriers are typically made of geotextile membrane. This membrane floats and is anchored to the water body from the bottom. These barriers can prevent soil erosion and migrate the contaminants in water. It is also used for supplementary sediment control.
This technique is commonly used for erosion control & improvement of soil over which pipelines, embankments, roads, or earth retaining structures are built. Geotextile has an open mesh weave and a warp-knitted structure. It is also similar to a closed fabric surface which is nonwoven. The type of geotextile used depends on the purpose, which includes separation, drainage, filtration, reinforcement, sealing, protection, etc.
5: Riprap Methods:
The Riprap method is commonly used for the protection of soil in the areas where runoff occurs on a large scale. The Riprap is prepared by interlocking huge stones together and creating a layer that acts as a barrier on the slopes. This method is more often used for slope protection around lake shores or riverbeds. Along with the riprap, a synthetic geotextile membrane is also installed to prevent the movement of soil through the riprap layer.
Methods of Securing the Slopes:
The steepness of slopes is an essential factor that affects soil stabilization. When the steep is small, the trees planted can develop a root system quickly and prevent landslide. Moreover, they strengthen the soil, slope, and acts as an erosion control method. Still, there are other measures that you can take to secure the slopes.
1: Land Reclamation Protection:
This method of slope protection mainly involves planting new forest belts across the slopes and arranging canals to divert meltwater. The trees and plants serve as a reliable barrier against soil destruction. The forest planting method will help you reclaim the land and direct drainage to a strictly limited route, hence protecting the landmass from shedding and erosion.
2: Reinforcing Geomaterials:
One of the most effective solutions for Soil stabilization and slope protection is fixing the soil foundation by using the bulk geo grids. C6XTY can help you understand this method easily. In general, the internal volume of the lattice is infused with rubble and filled with soil and seeds of perennial grasses. The grass root system gives a durable and weatherproof turf so that the material can withstand erosion. As the Geo-lattice material remains in the ground, the upper layers of soil are reinforced, and the horizontal movement is prevented.
3: Biotextiles for Landscaping Slopes:
A durable grass cover with an already developed root system is used in order to avoid erosion. There are no maintenance measures for the turf as it can tolerate temperature fluctuations and mechanical effects optimally.
Methods for Earth Retention:
We have already discussed the ways for Slope Protection, erosion control, and stabilization. Now, we need to review some useful techniques of the Earth Retention System. There are two primary types of the earth retention system, i.e., permanent or temporary, according to the role they play in various projects. With the control measures, there is an inherent concern of shoring systems that needs to be eliminated as well. The most optimal Earth Retention Systems will be:
- Tieback Anchors: A precisely engineered tensile element is used to provide lateral support to the structure for earth retention. The structure can be anything like sheet pile walls, lagging walls, slurry walls, or soldier pile. It minimizes the congestion within the limits of excavation.
- Soil Nailing: This is a very popular Earth Retention System that utilizes grouted tensile elements called soil nails and combines them with a well-drained wire mesh and shotcrete to create a stable reinforced soil mass.
- Ground Screw: By using this method, earth screws or soil screws are welded to a central shaft that is further drilled in the lateral walls for support. There are certain factors that determine the depth of earth screws, such as soil strength, moisture, and corrosivity. Then the best screw design is picked.
As you can see, Erosion Control, Earth Retention Systems, soil stabilization, and slope protection methods are interlinked with each other. Luckily FlexBlox provides an ideal channel to maintain the natural permeability of the soil.
When the solutions are integrated strategically with materials like aggregate, concrete, riprap, or protection, the c6xty intrinsic material improves the material performance. Contact C6XTY if you need to incorporate additional stability against the gravitational and hydrodynamic forces.