SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1987

Lateral Drainage Designs Using Geotextiles and Geocomposites


Of the available functions that geosynthetic materials possess, their ability to conduct liquids in the plane of their structure is important in a wide class of drainage applications. The thicker geotextiles (usually needled nonwoven types) and a new generation of high drainage composite materials are most suitable for this purpose.

This design-oriented paper gives the necessary theory and required test data and then proceeds to solve three numeric examples illustrating the procedures. They are slope drainage, consolidating foundation drainage, and drainage behind a retaining wall.

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Koerner, RM
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Bove, JA
Soil and Material Engineers, Inc., Fairfield, OH
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Developed by Committee: D35
Pages: 33–44
DOI: 10.1520/STP20054S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5014-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0952-0