The longest established installer of Asphalt Geosynthetics in the UK.
SAMI and ASPHALT REINFORCEMENT
Reflective cracking can affect asphalt overlays for a number of reasons. The most common of these include roads or paved areas with fatigue cracks, trench reinstatements, concrete expansion joints and subsidence.
An effective solution is to place a Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer (SAMI) in the pavement construction to delay the onset of reflective cracking and extend the life of the pavement.
A SAMI usually consists of a bitumen-impregnated fabric that absorbs the stresses at the end of a crack thereby retarding the onset of reflective cracking. If the crack is eventually transmitted through the SAMI, the bitumen provides a waterproof layer, as required by BSEN15581, to protect the lower levels of road construction.
Composite geosynthetics provide reinforcement in varying tensile strengths to the road construction in addition to the SAMI effect of the bitumen impregnated fabric. As the UK’s oldest and most experienced supplier and installer of geotextiles and composites for asphalt overlay, clients can be sure that they are receiving the very best service. The first applicator, which was designed and built for FCL in 1993, has become the industry standard for laying geosynthetics in the UK.
For the bond coat we spray straight run 160/220 bitumen, or 100/150 bitumen in warm weather, in preference to emulsions to ensure instant adhesion and efficient installation.
The paving process commences immediately after the geosynthetic is laid. We have bitumen distributors reserved solely for the task of spraying 160/220 bitumen, these are tested annually for conformance with BS1707 to ensure the correct distribution of bond coat.
Geosynthetic manufacturers Tensar International Ltd stress the importance of their products being installed correctly and for this reason they have entrusted the installation to FCL. However, exceptionally for small areas we can supply geosynthetics for installation by others and in particular we offer Tensar’s Glasstex Patch 880 designed specifically for easy self-installation.
- FCL guide
- Tensar Products to extend asphalt life against Reflective Cracking
- Tensar Asphalt Pavements
- Tensar Glasstex® P50 Specification
- Tensar Glasstex® P100 Specification
- Tensar Glasstex® P200 Specification
- Tensar Glasstex®Patch
- Glasstex® P100x200 – Paving Composite
- Tensar PF 1.1 Paving Fabric Model Specification
- Tensar AR-GNS
- Tensar AX5-GN