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What is the reason of adding steel wire mesh when using erosion control mat in slopes?

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It is not uncommon that the use of erosion control mat in slopes is accompanied by the addition of steel wire mesh. The system of erosion control mesh with a steel wire mesh proves to be a more effective method to control surface erosion. In case surface erosion occurs even in the presence of erosion control mat, the soil debris could be trapped between the steel wire mesh and the slope surface. As such, the steel wire mesh essentially serves as an additional protective layer to avoid further occurrence of erosion.

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This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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