FAQ – Technical
Frequently asked questions about Geobear technology, our solutions for subsidence and settlement problems and about the geopolymer we use.
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What Are The Mechanical Properties Of our Materials?
Applied density – 50kg/m3 – 500kg/m3
Compressive strength – 0.5 MPa – 15 MPa
Shear strength – 0.5 MPa – 15 MPa
Tensile strength – 0.5 MPa – 3 MPa
Flexural strength – 0.5 MPa – 15 MPa
Expansion force – 10 000 kPa
E-modulus – 10 MPa – 80 MPa
Permeability coefficient – 10 – 8 m/s
Geobear materials are specified based on the mechanical property requirements of each individual project.
Which Soil Types Can We Work With?
Most soil types are suitable including:
- Granular soils
- Cohesive soils
- Organic soils
- Made Ground
What Is The Longgevity And Stability Of Geopolymer?
- Design life in excess of 100 years.
- Material has been tested and is evaluated to be stable for a minimum of 60 years.
- Proven practical results with over 30 years of project applications.
- Material stable between -20 to +100 °C.
Is There Any Impact On The Environment?
The final geopolymer is inert, the Geobear materials have been developed so that once installed they will leave the site in no worse condition than it was before treatment.
How Does The MAterial Waste Need To Be Handled If It Is Excavated In The Future?
As normal disposal, classified as normal building material waste.
Can It Be Applied In Situations Where There Is Groundwater?
Yes – Geobearmaterials are hydrophobic.
There is no difference between exposing the material to salt water vs. fresh water
How Does The Groundwater Impact Our Material?
Groundwater has no impact on the mechanical properties of the Geobear material.
Does Water Permeate The Material?
The material is a closed cell structure and posses a very low permeability coefficient.
How Quickly Does The Material Cure And How Soon Can Loads Be Applied?
The material cures within seconds.
90% of the materials’ mechanical properties are reached within the first 15 minutes.
The material typically reaches its final properties within 24 hours.
Can The Material Be Used To Assist Vibration Reduction?
This will depend on the material, the circumstances and the density.
The material has some elasticity, which is typically positive – for example when comparing to concrete which may break down under shock loadings.
Can The Solution Be Applied In Extreme Cold?
The materials and process can be undertaken in any conditions.
Is It Possible To Excavate The Ground That Has Been Injected And What Machiney May It Require?
Yes it is possible and can be done with normal excavators and hand tools.
Can You Treat Structures That Have Been Piled?
Yes, these projects are assessed on a case by case basis by our Engineering department.
How Does The Weight Of Geopolymer Compare To The Weight Of Soil?
Typically < 15% of the soil, depending on the geopolymer utilised and the existing soil