The development of geotextiles incorporating slow-release phosphate beads for the maintenance of oil degrading bacteria in permeable pavements

Steve Coupe, G. E. Spicer, Daniel Lynch

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    18 Citations (Scopus)

    Abstract


    The development of a self-fertilising geotextile mat designed to provide a sustained slow-release of required inorganic nutrients for the growth of oil degrading microorganisms in porous pavement systems (PPS) is reported. The system comprises a geotextile spun from polymer fibres containing spherical phosphated polymer beads that release phosphate upon contact with water at a desirable level for microbial growth. Initial results using model PPS have shown that the self-fertilising geotextile system works extremely effectively as increased microbial activity has been observed throughout the experiment, illustrating that the oil-degrading bacteria can effectively utilise this polymer composite as a suitable nutrient source.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)273-280
    Number of pages7
    JournalWater Science and Technology
    Volume54
    Issue number6-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Fingerprint

    Dive into the research topics of 'The development of geotextiles incorporating slow-release phosphate beads for the maintenance of oil degrading bacteria in permeable pavements'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this