Geofoam for Culverts & Buried Structures
Geofoam, also known as expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, has gained recognition as a versatile material in engineering applications. Its unique properties make it well-suited for a range of projects, including culverts, and buried structures.
Geofoam for Culverts
Culverts are structures designed to channel water or divert flow under roadways, railways, or embankments. Geofoam offers significant advantages in culvert construction. Its lightweight nature simplifies installation, reducing labour costs and the need for heavy machinery. Despite its low weight, geofoam has a high compressive strength, allowing it to withstand heavy loads from the soil and traffic above. This load-bearing capacity helps prevent settlement and ensures the long-term stability of the culvert. Additionally, geofoam’s resistance to chemical degradation makes it suitable for corrosive environments, enhancing the durability of culverts.
Geofoam as Buried Structures
Geofoam is an ideal material for constructing buried structures, such as utility vaults, storage tanks, and underground chambers. Its lightweight characteristics reduce the load imposed on the underlying soil, minimizing settlement and the risk of structural damage. Additionally, geofoam’s insulating properties offer protection against temperature fluctuations, preventing damage to sensitive equipment and contents within the buried structure. The material’s resistance to chemical degradation ensures long-term durability, even in harsh environments. Geofoam’s cost-effectiveness and sustainability further contribute to its suitability for buried structure applications.