By Werner W. Müller
HDPE (High-density polyethylene) geomembranes are these days conventional for large-area liners and building sealings in geotechnical engineering. Lining of water ponds, dams and dykes, landfill base liners and canopy platforms, remediation of infected websites, water-resistant for tunnels, underneath highways and for numerous different civil engineering buildings are a couple of examples of software. The booklet covers all elements of the HDPE geomembrane box: HDPE fabrics, geomembrane manufacture, textured geomembranes, homes, long term functionality and trying out, deploy and welding of geomembranes, caliber insurance and regulate, leak detection, criteria, concepts and laws. a number of very important themes are taken care of intimately. As a part of it, the fundamental actual and chemical proof essential to totally comprehend HDPE geomembrane homes and function are conscientiously built and defined. The publication could as a result function a real guide for brands, designers, trying out and inspection engineers and experts and representatives of dependable administrations giving all correct proof for applicable layout, manufacture and deploy, checking out and evaluate of functionality. elements of it could possibly even be used as textbook for lectures or seminars on geosynthetics and geotechnical or geoenvironmental engineering with geosynthetics in schools of fabrics technology and civil engineering.
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Radicals can be created by impurities (catalyst residues). Thermal fluctuations, stresses at high temperatures and the attack by oxygen molecules itself can all result in radical formation. UV radiation has a considerable impact. Radicals are created without UV radiation only extremely infrequently under normal conditions. Oxidation therefore progresses very slowly. Only at high temperatures does radical formation and oxidative reaction mechanisms get considerably accelerated, for example under conditions prevailing during polyethylene processing.
Behind the cooling and polishing roll stack the geomembrane first passes through an ambient temperature cooling line, which can be as long as 20 m depending upon the size of the equipment, and continues to be cooled down by the ambient air. At the end of the cooling line the geomembrane is rolled up on a take-up spool (foreground). Typically 100 to 150 m long geomembranes are manufactured. Roll changes take place every 1 to 2 hours. In each case a cross-stripe is cut off to be tested in the manufacture quality assurance laboratory.
Transition metal ions effectively catalyse peroxide decomposition. Therefore metal deactivators are sometimes added. These substances form stable complexes with metal ions. The oxidative stability of HDPE in contact with metals is thereby largely improved. The polymer manufacturers keep the type and amount of antioxidants secret. In spite of the small amounts of antioxidants, their addition is of great importance for the long-term behaviour of the material1 - not only from a technical point of view.