Saturation Membrane.

abe® ecofelt is a 100% polypropylene continuous filament saturation membrane. It has a highly porous three-dimensional fibre structure, manufactured by needle-punching the fibres to form an homogeneous sheet. It has been proven internationally to be one of the best saturation membranes for improved waterproofing performance. ecofelt is compatible with cementitious composites due to its excellent alkali resistance.

abe® ecofelt is suitable for use with cement based waterproofing coatings for:

Tunnel Waterproofing 

Waterproofing of buildings/structures 

  • Flat roof waterproofing
  • Basement waterproofing
  • Tanks
  • Flashings
  • Ubutments

Containment systems 

  • Potable water reservoirs
  • Hydroelectric storage reservoirs

Hydraulic structures 

  • Dam walls
  • Canals
  • Emergency spillways
Advantages

Improved puncture resistance 

The three-dimensional fibre structure and high elongation characteristics under load ensure absorption of impact stress and improved puncture resistance. Use of lighter gauge membranes is therefore possible with abe® ecofelt

Provides good saturation properties 

The three-dimensional fibre structure and high percentage of air voids (approx. 90% in uncompressed state) allows rapid radial free flow of liquids in the plane of the fabric, thereby ensuring good saturation.

Improved installation surface 

abe® ecofelt provides a clean dust-free surface that is smooth and continuous and facilitates improved panel positioning and overlaps.

Chemically and biologically inert (pH range 2-13) 

Does not deteriorate in soils due to microbial attack. Resistant to the effects of long-term exposure to acid and alkali solutions in the pH range 2-13. Does not hydrolyze when placed in contact with damp cementitious surfaces. ecofelt is certified resistant to municipal and industrial waste seepage.

Resistant to effects of heat and humidity 

abe® ecofelt does not hydrolyze when installed in tropical climatic conditions.

High UV-Resistance 

The polypropylene polymer used in ecofelt is highly UV-stabilized to ensure no strength loss occurs when exposed to sunlight during installation.

abe® ecofelt has been field and laboratory tested in extreme UV-environments worldwide and proven to have one of the best levels of resistance of all saturation membranes tested.

On-Site thermal fabrication capability 

The type, size and structure of fibres utilized in the manufacture facilitate bonding of overlaps with simple equipment. This allows the saturation membrane to be quickly anchored especially in windy conditions while providing cost savings in overlaps and continuity between panels.

Clearly marked for on-site quality assurance 

Each full roll of abe® ecofelt (1 m wide) is continuously marked along the edge with the product grade and a quality control batch number for ease of on- site inspection and quality assurance.

Compatible for use with all geomembrane types 

abe® ecofelt saturation membrane is compatible for use with all types of geomembrane materials.

Proven international performance ecofelt saturation membranes have been proven in all types of prestige installations worldwide.

Surface Preparation

Surfaces must be sound and free of contaminants.

Temperature & Relative Humidity

Not affected.

Model Specification

Polypropylene reinforcing membrane for a.b.e.® waterproofing systems. The only product to be used with cement-based waterproofing products such as dura.®flex. 

The reinforcing membrane will be abe® ecofelt, a non-woven, needle-punched polypropylene membrane applied in accordance with the recommendations of a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals. The membrane will weigh 90 g/m2 and have an elongation at break of 40-70%.

Packaging

Width: 1 m wide and 2 m wide rolls

Length: 250 mm

Cut rolls: 

1 m x 1 m
20 m x 100 mm
20 m x 200 mm
20 m x 250 mm
20 m x 300 mm
10 m x 200 mm
2,5 m x 200 mm

Handling & Storage

This product has a shelf life of 24 months if kept in a dry cool place in the original packaging. In more extreme conditions this period might be shortened.

Health & Safety

abe® ecofelt is inert and harmless.

Important Note

This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals endeavours to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot – because a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals has no direct or continuous control over where and how a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals’ products are applied – accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the use of a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals’ products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation or information given by the company.

Further Information

Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total requirements. a.b.e.® Construction Chemicals has a wealth of technical and practical experience built up over years in the company’s pursuit of excellence in building and construction technology.

Properties

Properties

 Units abe® ecofelt

Test Method

Material   100% polypropylene, continuous filament, needle-punched
Mass    g/m2 95 ISO 9864
Thickness  Under Pressure 2kPa mm 1  ISO 9863 ASTM D5199
Tensile Strength    kN/m 6.5  ISO 10319
Tensile elongation  MD  % 70
 CD 40
CBR Puncture    kN 1.02  ISO 12236
Drop Cone  Diameter of hole  mm 40  ISO 13433 EN 918
Opening Size  090  mm  0.13  ISO 12956
Vertical Permeability 1 x 10-3  m/s 4.0  ISO 11058
Vertical Water Flow 100 mm head L/m2/s 400
 Grab Tensile Strength    N 380  ASTM D4632
 Standard Roll Size  Width  m  1  
 Length  m 250
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