Evaluation of an Innovative Erosion Control on Road Embankment Using Synthetic Turf with Sand Infill

The objectives of this project are to (1) identify the critical flow velocity and critical hydraulic shear stress that initiate erosion of various sand infills placed in synthetic turf due to runoff; (2) identify the sizes of particles that are washed out of the synthetics turf; and (3) evaluate the erosion of the subgrade soils beneath the synthetic turf layer on embankments. The objectives will be achieved through large-scale flume testing and numerical simulations using computational fluid dynamics. The research outcomes can be directly used to evaluate the effectiveness of this product as a surface erosion control measure on roadside embankments and to provide optimum design for best performance.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Project funded from core funds


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $91756
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)

    Pennsylvania State University
    University Park, PA  United States  16802
  • Project Managers:

    Donnell, Eric

    Rajabipour, Farshad

  • Performing Organizations:

    Pennsylvania State University, University Park

    Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute
    Research Office Building
    University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710
  • Principal Investigators:

    Xiao, Ming

  • Start Date: 20190318
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200318
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01699756
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodal Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CIAMTIS)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847103
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2019 4:13PM