Dyke construction

For dyke applications, geosynthetics perform important functions, such as long-term stability and waterproofing. Synergy’s geosynthetics have been used in these exacting applications for decades.


For the repair or the new construction of a fresh water dyke, the 7 mm thick Bentofix® geosynthetic clay liner is an economical alternative when compared to the typical 60 cm thick compacted clay liner. When installed on the upstream surface, the high-swelling powdered sodium bentonite offers an excellent low permeability seal. Bentofix® is manufactured with direction independent needle punching, with more than two million fibres per square metre. Slope angles of 2.5 h : 1 v or greater are possible due to the surface structure of the needle-punched cover and carrier nonwovens as well as the large internal and external shear strength. In poor soil conditions or on steeper slopes, Secugrid® geogrids can be used to further ensure slope stability.

Due to their thin profile, Bentofix® clay liners consume less volume than compacted clay, and can require significantly less soil removal – especially in the case of dyke repair. The Bentofix® BFG 5000 also features a cover nonwoven geotextile that has been uniformly impregnated with a second layer of sodium bentonite powder over its entire surface area. The additional bentonite in the cover nonwoven geotextile can help the installation proceed more efficiently versus installations where the overlaps must be sealed with additional bentonite.
The cover and carrier geotextiles of Bentofix® geosynthetic clay liners protect the bentonite core while providing sufficient robustness for on-site handling. When high normal loads are anticipated, Bentofix® manufactured with nonwoven geotextiles exhibiting a mass per unit area of 300 g/m² should be used.

Alternatively, 1.5 mm thick Carbofol® HDPE geomembranes can be installed. Not only is placement simple, Carbofol® HDPE geomembranes are easy to weld due to the favorable Melt Flow Index of the resin.

Surface texturing is available to effectively transfer shear forces on slope locations. Regardless, project-specific direct shear tests should be performed to verify the required shear strength parameters of the confining soils and to calculate the stability.

Depending on the requirements, needle-punched nonwoven geotextiles such as Terrafix® or Secutex® may be installed above and below the Carbofol® geomembranes for added protection. For slightly gravelly-sand (gravel portion ≤ 30 %) protection nonwovens with a mass per unit area of 400 g/m² should be used to protect the Carbofol® geomembrane. Coarser grained soils may require protection nonwovens, exhibiting a mass per unit area of 1,200 g/m².

Protection against rooting

Roots from shrubs or trees can find their way into the downstream filter or into the body of the dyke – which may reduce the drainage performance of the filter or impact the permeability of dyke liner. The vertical placement of 1 mm thick Carbofol® geomembranes ensures the effective protection against root penetration and long-term stability in critical areas. With a thickness of 2 mm Carbofol® also provides long-term resistance to rodents.

Erosion control

On steep slopes, heavy rainfall may cause rutting or wash away young grass seed. Secumat® erosion control mats in hibit surface erosion and rutting by retaining the soil and seed in a convoluted three-dimensional structure. Secumat® is installed directly on the slope and filled with soil. Roots gradually intertwine with the threedimensional structure of Secumat®, efficiently interlocking roots and the Secumat® with the surrounding soil.


Dykes are built for protection against flooding and must perform properly during this limited, yet demanding period. Terrafix® geotextiles are used upstream to prevent soil washout as well as downstream in the outflow area of the seepage lines to prevent erosion. With Terrafix geotextiles, the full drainage performance of the filter is maintained and the stability of the structure is ensured. Bentofix® geosynthetic clay liners and Carbofol® geomembranes are used extensively as sealing components while Terrafix® and Secutex® nonwoven geotextiles can effectively protect the Carbofol® from damage. Secugrid® geogrids further improve stability in the slope area while Secumat® or Carbofol® can provide erosion control and protection against root penetration. When you require complete system solutions for safe and stable dyke construction, think of the products available from Synergy – the natural choice.