Geotextiles are penetrable textile materials utilized in touch with soil, rock, earth or any other geotechnical similar material as an important part of a construction project, structure. Geotextiles help in decreasing energy utilization and improving production in the construction field.

Types of Geotextile

Geotextiles are the manufacture of polymers such as polyester or polypropylene. They are divided into 3 categories on the basis of the way they are prepared :

1) Non-Woven Fabric Geotextiles

2) Knitted Geotextiles

3)Woven Geotextiles

 1). Non-Woven Fabric Geotextiles:

Non-woven geotextiles are produced from continuous filament yarn or short-staple fiber. The bonding of fibers is carried out by using thermal, chemical or mechanical techniques or a mixture of techniques. Geo-fibers acquired from mechanical interlocking or chemical or thermal bonding. Chemically bonded are thicker compared to usually in the order of 0.3 cm.

 2). Knitted Geotextiles:

Knitted geotextiles are produced by the process of interlocking a series of loops of yarn with each together. All of the knitted geosynthetics are manufactured by utilizing the knitting technique in joint with other various methods of geosynthetics produce, such as weaving.

Apart from these, there are three geotextiles, other geosynthetics utilized are geonets, geogrids, geo-cells, geomembranes, geocomposites, etc. each having their own different features and utilizes for special uses.

2). Woven Fabric Geotextile: 

Mostly found geotextiles are of the woven type and are formed by saving the techniques which are the same as weaving usual clothing textiles. This type has the feature appearance of two sets of parallel threads or yarns. The yarn moving along the length is called warp and the perpendicular one is called weft.

# Uses Of GeoTextile :

There are various uses of geotextile which are as follows:


The geotextiles are used to filter the soil and a small or medium size granular material to pass water is continuously more seen as a technically and commercially usable alternative to the conventional systems. Geotextiles work the filtering process for drainages in roads, in earth dams and in highways,  reservoirs and perform behind retaining walls, deep drainage trenches, and agriculture.


Geotextile is utilized for fertilizing soil control. For the enhancement of muddy ways and trails those utilized by light traffic, nonwoven fabrics are utilized and are bent by overlapping to contain the pipe or a mass of gravel, sand, silt, etc.

3.Road Work:

 Geotextiles are mostly utilized in the construction of the road. It binds the soil by adding tensile strength to road work. It is utilized as a rapid de-watering layer in the roadbed, the geotextiles require to save its permeability without removing its separating functions.

4.Railway Works:

The non-woven fabrics or the woven fabric method are utilized to differentiate the soil from the sub-soil without penetrating the groundwater moves where the ground is unbalanced. Surrounding one layer with fabric preserves the material from diverging off sideways due to shocks and vibrations from moving trains.

5. River, Canals and Coastal Works:

Geotextiles preserve river banks from erosion due to lapping. When geotextile utilized in conjunction with natural or artificial enrockments, they work as a filter.

# Function Of Geotextiles: 

1. Filtration

2. Separation

3. Reinforcement

4. Sealing

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