Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Civil Environ Eng
Recycled tyre have been a disposal problem and continue to accumulate throughout the world today. Utilization of recycled tyres as Rubberized mat would minimize environmental impact and maximize conservation of natural resources. 8R-MAT is an innovative product for ground improvement technique and uniquely design to suit its function for construction of retaining wall, embankment, slope protection and soil erosion control. By the use of the recycled tyre, it will assist in sustainable environment and protect the earth from pollution and disaster. There are five functions in the application of engineering construction namely (1) Reinforcements (2) Separations (3) Barrier (4) Drainage (5) Filtration. These stated functions are useful for prevention and mitigation for ground improvement and stabilization techniques. The maximum tensile strength recorded from a single rubberized 8R-MAT is 20kN. This makes the product more reliable for Earth Retaining Structure especially when constructed on site for protection. The advantages of this invention are low cost, non bio-degradable, easy to handle, minimize time of construction, improve soil stability for short term and long term measures in various applications. It has been tested and monitored on field for two different sites. It were approved by Drainage and Irrigation Department authority to use it for riverbank protection and by Public Work Department to use it for Slope Protection.
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