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For reference 44 Geosynthetics in civil engineering purposes, the dose of radiation lethal to a human is about 100–200 rad. Therefore it would appear that, if a geosynthetic is containing low-level nuclear waste of even lower radiation than the lethal human dose, the time before significant damage occurs to its short-term mechanical properties will be quite long. Other, more subtle changes may occur. For example, even very small amounts of local surface damage in a semicrystalline geosynthetic might cause reduction in the stress crack resistance of the material.

1(c)) or single-rib (Fig. 1(d)) may be used according to ASTM D6637. For the tests shown in Fig. 1(b), Fig. 1(c) and Fig. 1(d), the ultimate strength, strain at failure and modulus are typically determined. The strength and modulus are typically expressed in terms of a load per unit width of material rather than a stress since stress requires the definition of material thickness, which is generally difficult to describe for most geosynthetics and does not remain constant during tensile loading.

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