Anyone old enough to remember when “Styrofoam” was considered detrimental to the environment (it can last for decades in a landfill) will appreciate the latest usage of this same technology in rebuilding our infrastructure. Many of us fondly remember the fun we had pla...

Elvaloy®, patented by DuPont in 1973 has been used as a geomembrane plasticizer for decades. It was developed to provide a solid plasticizer or polymer to replace liquid plasticizers that would make PVC flexible without concerns of plasticizer migration. That much is c...

In 1939, the United States Military had slightly less than 335,000 service men and women in our Armed Forces.   Shortly after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, this number would change rapidly.  In preparation for war, President Roosevelt stated to the count...

I hear myths about PVC all the time.  I have been in the industry for just over 20 years and have run across many different polymers, but none as flexible and diverse in use as PVC -- otherwise known as polyvinyl chloride.  PVC was first discovered in the 1800’s, and t...

Are different grades of PVC Geomembranes available or are they all the same?

There has been a common misperception in our industry that all polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membranes are the same. The fact is that this is far from the truth and as we explain in this blog there...

​​Abstract: Specifying a tensile strength or % elongation for any given application is necessary to avoid any possible failure in the geomembrane.  There are many factors to consider including: testing equipment, thickness, load cell, type of grips, and sample geometry...

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