Buoyancy Control & Pipe Supports
Geotextile Pipeline Weights
Pipeline buoyancy control is nothing new to us. In fact, it’s the lifeblood our company. Since Allan Edwards Sr. invented and patented the concrete bolt-on weight in 1948, we have grown and leveraged our expertise to build a thriving buoyancy control product line. This culminated in the development of the geotextile pipeline weight, a next-generation pipeline buoyancy offering.
What is an Geotextile Pipeline Weight?
Geotextile pipeline weights provide negative buoyancy to pipelines. Because pipelines are hollow, they naturally tend to be positively buoyant and can float in wet or marshy areas if no counteracting force is present. If upward buoyancy forces are left unchecked, pipelines are subjected to bending stresses that can weaken or damage them, even resulting in structural failure. Geotextile pipeline weights are placed on top of pipelines to stabilize and safeguard them in wetland areas.
Geotextile Pipeline Weights: What You Need To Know
Geotextile pipeline weights utilize proven polypropylene fabric that is resistant to commonly encountered soil chemicals, mildew and insects. The fabric is non-biodegradable and has a pH range between 2-13, making it among the most stable polymers available today. Its impressive longevity underground guarantees a long-term solution that operators can “set and forget” for much-needed peace of mind. Additionally, the permeability of the woven polypropylene fabric used to manufacture the geotextile pipeline weight does not impede cathodic protection.
Geotextile pipeline weights are available for every pipe diameter between 4-48 inches, and Allan Edwards can ship filled, “ready-to-install” Geotextile pipeline weights at any time to your project location. For high-volume projects, save on transportation charges by contacting us about custom filling at or near your site or right-of-way.
Our Commitment to You
Allan Edwards buoyancy offerings like the geotextile pipeline weight are fully tailored to the needs and preferences of our customers. Simply tell us how you want it done, and we’ll take it from there. We root ourselves in a commitment to offer flexible, efficient pipeline weighting solutions for our customers – because at the end of the day, our success wholly depends on how well we respond to these needs.
Geotextile Pipeline Weight
Features & Advantages
Strong, woven polypropylene material will not harm pipe coating
Customizable to multiple pipe diameters
Cathodic protection not restricted
Freestanding after filling
No spreader bars required to lift filled geotextile pipeline weights
Easy to place on pipe
Heavy hoppers not needed, making filling process safer
Filling can be performed either on-site or remotely, depending on tonnage
Minimum 4X safety factor