Norlite, LLC
628 S. Saratoga Street Cohoes, NY 12047
(518) 235-0030 (phone) (518) 235-0233 (fax)

Geotechnical Fill


Geotechnical Fill

Norlite inert aggregate, with a minimum angle of internal friction (O) of 40 and a maximum wet density of 65 PCF (ASTM D 2049) aids Geotechnical engineers in reclaiming land which would otherwise go unused.

Norlite is continually being specified for backfill behind retaining walls and bulkheads, pipe covering, footings and subbase for roads and parking lots.

Norlite lightweight structural fill has been successfully placed on many construction sites throughout the Northeastern United States.

Advantages of Norlite Lightweight Aggregate in Geotechnical Applications

Design Advantages

  • provides cost effective solutions
  • reduces loads
  • controls settlements
  • increases stability
  • provides free drainage
  • possesses high angle of internal friction
  • provides thermal insulation

Placement Advantages

  • requires no special job site equipment
  • allows all-weather placement
  • eliminates waiting between placing lifts

Other Applications

  • slope stabilization
  • subgrade improvements
  • gas ventilation for landfills

Method of Construction

Lightweight fill can be placed in approximately uniform layers not to exceed 12 inches loose thickness. Each layer shall be compacted using vibratory compaction equipment weighing not more than 12 tons static weight. The actual lift thickness, exact number of passes, and need for vibrating the roller will be determined by the engineer, depending on the project requirements (i.e., strength, compressibility, density) and equipment used. The contractor shall take all necessary precautions during construction activities in operations on or adjacent to the lightweight fill to ensure that the material is not over-compacted. Construction equipment, other than for compaction, shall not operate on the exposed lightweight fill.