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Main Title Stress cracking behavior of HDPE geomembranes and its prevention /
Author Koerner, Robert M., ; Hsuan, Y. G. ; Lord, A. E.
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Husan, Yick G.
Lord, Arthur E.
CORP Author Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Geosynthetic Research Inst.;Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, OH. Risk Reduction Engineering Lab.
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency, Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory ; [National Technical Information Service, distributor],
Year Published 1993
Report Number EPA/600/SR-93/092; EPA/600/R-93/092
Stock Number PB93-196616
Subjects Geomembranes--Testing
Additional Subjects Linings ; Polyethylene ; Geotechnical fabrics ; Cracking(Fracturing) ; Tests ; Decomposition ; Tensile strength ; Environmental effects ; Subsurface investigations ; Decay
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NTIS  PB93-196616 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
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Geomembranes made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) have a high percent crystallinity and are therefore of concern with regard to stress cracking. A review of the literature plus the authors' field exhuming of various sites-of-opportunity gave rise to twenty-five (25) situations where stress cracking of HDPE geomembranes has occurred since the introduction of the liner material in 1980. The stress cracks varied from very small lengths of a few centimeters to large shattering types of failure. All failures have occurred on exposed geomembranes where ultraviolet light exposure, high temperature oxidation and low temperature contraction are continuously ongoing processes.
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