Jet grouting

Jet grouting is method of ground reinforcement that departs from the classical forms of grouting in that it does not penetrate the soil by means of impregnation or ‘claquage’, but uses high energy in the form of a high velocity jet of grout to destroy the soil structure and simultaneously mix cement grout into the in-situ soil.

Why do we use it

To increase significantly the strength of the soil treated, reduce the permeability of the soil and the treatment of ground, where other methods of grouting simply are unsuitable.

How does it work?

The method involves drilling a hole to the design depth of the treatment, whilst maintaining an annular space around the drill string to facilitate return flow. Grout at high pressure is pumped to the bottom of the drill string where it emerges though a very small diameter orifice, converting the energy from high pressure to very high velocity.

To form columns of treated ground, the drill string is rotated as the hydrodynamic jet of grout cuts and disintegrates the soil and mixes into it.

Applications

The distinct advantage of jet grouting is that it can be effective in all categories of soil, unlike classical grouting techniques which rely on penetration via voids in the soil mass. Jet Grouting can be used in retaining systems, to form cut-off barriers, as plugs for the bases of shaft excavations, in transition zones in tunnelling, in underpinning and to create rigid soil inclusions.

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