Standard small-scale testing methodologies for evaluating the sediment removal capabilities of silt fence when installed as a perimeter control have failed to adequately quantify realistic sediment retention and filtering efficiencies. Current small-scale testing methodologies do not address realistic stormwater runoff volumes, flow rates, or sediment loadings that in-field silt fence installations will most likely intercept throughout their life cycle. Thus, this study aims to improve upon current small-scale testing standards by developing an improved testing methodology that addresses these issues and provides performance capabilities of common geotextile fabrics used in silt fence applications.
Gain insight on standardized silt fence geotextile testing methodologies as well as a newly developed small-scale testing methodology which addresses standardized testing limitations.
Attain an overview on geotextile manufacturing processes and design characteristics.
Explore in-depth analyses that evaluate and compare the performance of different silt fence geotextile fabrics based on full and small-scale testing results.