Advantages of Combigrid®
Combigrid® is a geocomposite stabilisation and reinforcement solution. The unique manufacturing process produces structured, high strength, monolithic, pre-stressed polypropylene or polyester bars with a continuous molecular orientation. The extraordinary high extensional stiffness of Combigrid® efficiently reduces deformations in the subgrade which extends the service life of modern infrastructure.
Stress / Strain behaviour
Geocomposites like Combigrid® are used wherever high strength is required at low elongation. The stress-strain behaviour (also known as tensile stiffness) of the geogrid is important when selecting, which type of geogrid is to be used. Geogrids will typically have a maximum elongation at break of 6% up to 15%, depending on the choice of polymer and manufacturing technology. However, the internal angle of friction of medium to densely compacted soils is reduced when the soil is subjected to axial strains of less than 2%. It is necessary to align the stress-strain behaviour of the installed geogrid with the strain behaviour of the soil. The performance of the geogrid at strain levels around 2% is therefore important and here Combigrid® shows its strength. Combigrid® provides excellent tensile strength properties at low elongations and demonstrates its advantages to hold the soil particles together at this important strain range.
The three-dimensional fibre matrix of the needle-punched Secutex® nonwoven, acts as separation layer between fine grained subgrade soil and coarse aggregate base course layers and ensures long-term filter stability. The properties of separation, filtration and reinforcement are combined in the product Combigrid®.
Tests to simulate the traffic passages on an unreinforced base course resulted in 3 inch (75mm) deep ruts after 20 load cycles, and it took 540 load cycles when Secugrid® 20/20 Q1 was used. However, when Combigrid® was used, the maximum rut depth of 3 inches was not reached even after 100,000 load cycles. Using a composite product made of a geogrid and a needle-punched nonwoven firmly bonded between the longitudinal and cross bars at the interface between soft subgrade and base course layer worked really well. Combigrid® – not just a geogrid. THE solution for infrastructure projects on low bearing capacity subsoil.