Neoloy is a Reliable, Green Reinforcement Solution
Chemical stabilizers are costly, unreliable and environmentally unsound. Neoloy® Geocells are cost-effective, green, reliable and long-lasting.
Chlorides and other chemical stabilizers are limited in their effectiveness – Their performance is unreliable and leaves pavements prone to cracking. Neoloy Geocells provide a durable and reliable reinforcement solution, which is also cost-effective and environmentally friendly.
|Criterion||Chemical Stabilization||Neoloy Geocell|
CHEMICAL stabilization is unreliable for long-term performance
Neoloy Geocell is a reliable MECHANICAL stabilization for long-term performance
Brittle; cracked with load repetitions
Neoloy provides high-tensile capabilities
|Initial Performance Assurance||X||Poor.|
Hard to detect non-homogeneous mixtures- lead to differential settlements
Simple eye assurance
|Performance – End of Design Life||X||Poor.|
60-80% loss of stiffness
Neoloy Geocell is designed to more than project design life
|Sensitivity to water||X||Highly Sensitive.|
Unstable to water content change
Stable to water content change
Acts as a confined drainage system
|Environmental Friendly||X||Bad friend.|
Chemical materials may contaminate groundwater.
Stable material reduces granular materials and enable locally available materials as infill
|Installation Machinery||X||Requires heavy machinery.|
For material mixture
|V||No heavy machinery.|
Fast installation by a few workers
|Cost Effective||X||Costly and timely.|
Highly initial cost
Slow construction rate
Skilled manpower Requires rehabilitations
|V||Saves costs and time.|
Initial cost savings of granular and asphalt materials.
Maintenance cost savings
Less usage of heavy machinery
Fast installation, easy to adjust to any geometry
Most native soils require some stabilization to provide a strong base or sub-base for road construction and reinforcement. Various chemicals and compounds are used to stabilize the soil or infill, such as lime and fly-ash mixtures, calcium chloride, cement, epoxy resins, bitumen, lignin sulfonate (“tree sap”) and new polymer materials. But many of these are unreliable in the long-term, expensive and/or not green solutions.
Although Chlorides are most often used a product for soil stabilization, its narrow application range is a major limitation. Too diluted or too concentrated renders treatment of the target soil ineffective. Further, chlorides are harmful to the environment and corrosive on construction equipment. Other additives used for roadbed stabilization are characterized either by poor longevity or environmental toxicity. Products that are environmentally safe and have a favorable lifespan are significantly more expensive. Cement stabilization is expensive but not a green solution.
3D Neoloy Geocells are a more effective soil stabilization solution for road construction. Neoloy offers higher engineering value, lower environmental footprint and is more economically feasible. Furthermore, the installation provides a uniform reinforced layer, as it is not an additive. In addition, its long-term reliable performance is not in doubt as it has been proved in lab and field tests worldwide, including South Africa.
The following summarizes the benefits of Neoloy Geocells over chemical and cement soil stabilization additives:
- Improves modulus – of infill soil and structural layers
- Longer lifespan – high resistance to deformation under dynamic loading
- Performance – very predictable and reliable performance
- Installation – easy, fast and systematic (with PRS supervision) to guarantee performance
- Low environmental impact – during construction
- Green solution – reduces aggregate use and associated environmental costs
- Sustainable solution – reduced repairs and maintenance due to long pavement life
- Cost effective – lower construction costs and lifecycle costs