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Construction of paved roads and unpaved access roads has been greatly benefited by the

use of geotextiles. ALYAF geotextiles through the functions of separation, filtration,
reinforcement and transmissivity help in:

Maintaining the integrity and the functioning quality of the structural layers.

Allow the use of free draining base course materials.

Distribute load over a wider area thereby increasing the bearing capacity of sub

Permit cost-effective construction over weak soils and saturated sub grades.

Increase the payment life.

The greatest benefit of ALYAF geotextiles in road pavements has been as a separator
between the base course or sub base and sub grade. In the absence of ALYAF, intermixing
of the base and sub grade occur under the influence of traffic loading and the pumping of
fines from the sub grade into the base course. This contamination of the base course
aggregate causes a net reduction of base course thickness and weakening of that layer
With ALYAF geotextile acting as a seperation layer at the interface of the subgrade and the
base course, the subbase/base course is completely seperated from the subgrade soil
fines,therefore the designed base course thickness and its properties are maintained
throughout the life of the project.

Construction Over Saturated Subgrades :
Drainage of water from pavements has always been an important consideration in road
design; however current methods of design have resulted in base courses that do not
drain well. The problem has been compounded with the rise in the water table. water rises
up into the base course through pore water pressures and through capilary function
leading to saturation of the base courses. saturation of the base course changes the
dynamics of vertical stress distribution, and may allow transfer of traffic loads directly to

O. eliminating the benefits of the structural layers leading to rapid pavement damage. Box 2759 Riyadh 11461 Ph : +966 11 473 1802/1817 Fax : +966 11 473 1308 Jeddah Branch P.subgrade soil.Ext: 200 . To adequately address ground water drainage the designer needs to consider providing ALYAF geotextils enclosed subsoil drainage systems (blanket drains) that will lead the ground water away from the pavement structure layers and also prevent the capillary rise of the ground water into the structural layers Head Office & Factory Riyadh Branch P. O Box 10737. Dammam 31443 Phone : +966 13 812 1206 Fax : +966 13 812 1836 Email : info@alyaf.O. Box 5044 Jeddah 21422 Ph :+966 12 2612926 Fax:+966 12 2612926 .