Bentonite keeps the soil clean

Bentonite prevents clean and contaminated water from coming into contact. This keeps the ground clean when pulling poles. But liquid bentonite is also commonly poured when filling holes in dikes, under roads or bike paths, for example. Van Schie is the specialist and market leader in the application of bentonite.

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An overview of the main ways we apply bentonite:

Bentonite is applicable in many ways. Below you can read about the main ways Van Schie does that.

1. Pre-drilling with bentonite for piles or sheet piling

To simplify pile driving or sheet piling, we often pre-treat the soil with a bentonite smear. Loosening the soil with a drilling crane makes it easier to insert the sheet piles. The bentonite then serves as a lubricant. As a result, you have less vibration and noise. And your work becomes more efficient.

2. Water retaining wall

Van Schie has also been making bentonite screens for dikes for years, which prevent different streams of water from “communicating” with each other. And thus realize on both sides of the screen, different water levels. A bentonite screen is also used as a seepage screen or water retaining wall.

3. Separation between contaminated and clean soil

When pulling piles, for example, you want to prevent contaminated and clean groundwater streams from coming into contact with each other due to groundwater flows or a spill, for example. Therefore, Van Schie injects the soil with a mixture of bentonite, sand and water.

4. Pollution treatment

Sometimes we add some to the bentonite. By doing so, we isolate the pollution and even manage to make the pollution break down. We call this technique soilmix.

5. Immobilization

Sometimes we capture the contamination by adding cement (or other additives) to the bentonite. With this, we immobilize the soil. Thus, leaching can no longer occur and there is better neutralization. Advantages of this technique are that no residual fraction is present and it can be applied to both metals and organic contaminants.

6. Bentonites after soil inspection

It regularly happens that before the construction of a new building begins, the soil must be checked. For example, in some parts of the Netherlands, such as around Schiphol Airport, the soil is checked for residual bombs, or bomb debris. A probe is then pricked into the soil, sending out a signal. This will check that no bombs are present (anymore). After withdrawing the lance, then we “bentonite” the resulting hole to ensure that the soil layers are not mixed after this survey.

Other uses of bentonite include:

  • Filling hollow space of a hole
  • Filling crack in dike
  • Fill subsidence of sewer and (civil) pipes
  • Dike subsidence
  • Fill boreholes, foundation holes or soil holes

Implementation bentonite

To inject bentonite, we use a mobile mixing unit, a drilling crane and a spray lance during drilling.

In addition to being economical, bentonite injection is also a particularly green way of doing things. With this, Van Schie prevents (contaminated) groundwater streams from spreading or even mixing due to, for example, a leakage.

Besides bentonite, there are other varieties for filling namely:

  • Grout
  • Demmer (dämmer)
  • Micolite

What is bentonite?

Bentonite is a type of clay with a fine and soft texture found in nature. There are different types of bentonite, such as potassium, sodium, calcium and aluminum. Sodium and calcium bentonite are mainly used for industrial purposes.

Sodium bentonite expands as soon as it gets wet and has a strong absorption capacity. The bentonite sodium clay type allows the soil to be water sealed. Because because of the enormous swelling capacity, this is how you close off the soil to water. Van Schie is one of the few companies that uses bentonite injections as a specialty and can tell you exactly what will work best in your situation.

Bentonite clay is formed from volcanic ash; it gets its name from Fort Benton in Wyoming, where it occurs in large quantities.

Fun fact. Did you know that bentonite clay is also often present in skin products to absorb oil and dirt from the skin and can remove toxins from the body?

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