History of the technology
From Switzerland to several dozen countries around the world
The concept of stabilization with the use of chemical additives increasing the soil resistance to capillary water absorption is not a new solution. Its precursors were inspired by phenomena that naturally occur in nature, the essence of which are the processes of transforming land into rocks, taking place in the presence of high pressure and temperature, and occurring in very long periods of time. The impulse has been a long-standing and constantly growing awareness that it is necessary to look for further technological solutions that will allow even greater use of the available materials by changing the original parameters.
ORIGIN OF TECHNOLOGY
In the 1960s, research programs aimed at development of effective cohesive soils stabilization technologies were initiated both in Europe and in USA. In Switzerland and in the United States, technologies have been developed that have slowly begun to be introduced for commercial applications.
In the early 1970s, the Swiss company Consolid A.G. patented one of such solutions. However, in accordance with international law, the patent protection period has expired. Stabilizations using the hydrophobic additives by the Swiss manufacturer were successfully used on almost every continent. In Poland the first experimental realizations took place at the end of the 90s.
Over the last 10 years, on dozens of road implementations around the world, the effectiveness of stabilization using hydrophobic additives of various manufacturers has been successfully verified.
Technology history and company development