Effective Stormwater and Sediment Control During Pipeline Construction Using a New Filter Fence Concept

EPA Grant Number: X832428C001
Alternative EPA Grant Number: R827015C030
Subproject: this is subproject number 001 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant X832428
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)
Center Director: Sublette, Kerry L.
Title: Effective Stormwater and Sediment Control During Pipeline Construction Using a New Filter Fence Concept
Investigators: Barfield, Billy J. , Gasem, Khaled A , Matlock, Marty D.
Institution: Oklahoma State University , University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
EPA Project Officer: Lasat, Mitch
Project Period: October 11, 2005 through June 30, 2007
Project Amount: Refer to main center abstract for funding details.
RFA: Integrated Petroleum Environmental Consortium (IPEC) (1999) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research

Objective:

The overall objective of the project is to turn the currently unsuccessful silt fence technology into a highly effective sediment control system. Research is needed to replace current ineffective technology with a workable alternative that is effective at trapping sediment for the duration of the construction project and is cost effective as well. Year 1 efforts concluded with a preliminary design for such a system, to be known as Failure Avoidance and Effective Silt fence Technology (FAEST). The preliminary design successfully solved the problem of flow concentration and resulting undercutting and release of sediment at the toe of conventional silt fence; in addition, the inability of conventional silt fence to trap clays and fines due to inadequate detention time was greatly reduced. Year 2 efforts will result in a final structural design for FAEST and address installation issues.

The following is a brief summary of the objectives in the proposal to be addressed in the current project period.

Proposal Objective 1. Present a workshop at the IPEC Annual Meeting
Proposal Objective 3b. Increase trapping of fines and clays through addition of Polyacrylamide (PAM)
Proposal Objective 3c and 3d. Address failure of conventional silt fence due to fabric stretching and inadequate post strength.
Proposal Objective 4. Address economic and manufacturability issues.
Proposal Objective 5. Develop design aids and BMP guidelines.
Proposal Objective 6. Develop design requirements for a machine to install FAEST.

Supplemental Keywords:

Soil, sediments, pollution prevention, sustainable development, engineering, hydrology, south central, Oklahoma, EPA Region 6, petroleum industry, construction industry,

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2006 Progress Report
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    X832428    IPEC University of Tulsa (TU)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    X832428C001 Effective Stormwater and Sediment Control During Pipeline Construction Using a New Filter Fence Concept
    X832428C002 Paraffin Control in Oil Wells Using Anaerobic Microorganisms
    X832428C003 Fiber Rolls as a Tool for Re-Vegetation of Oil-Brine Contaminated Watersheds