Geosynthetic materials are essential elements of almost all modern landfill barrier systems. Materials such as geomembranes and geosynthetic clay liners are widely used as resistive barrier elements while geotextiles, drainage nets, and geocomposites are widely employed in modern composite barrier systems for both landfill liners and covers.The ability of these geosynthetic elements to maintain their integrity when subject to deformations due to waste settlement and seismic loading is a major uncertainty with respect to the performance of modern landfills. Over past years, advances have been made in understanding of material behavior under cyclic loading, modeling of modern landfill response to strong ground shaking, and interpretation of the analysis results. This paper presents, by reference, results of relevant recent research including advances in evaluation of dynamic material properties of municipal solid waste (MSW) and special wastes, dynamic testing of barrier system interfaces, understanding of decoupled and fully coupled response analysis, and advances in constitutive and numerical modeling relevant to better modeling of seismic response of modern landfills. Based upon the synthesis of this information, it is concluded that the commonly used decoupled approach is reasonably conservative and can be used for seismic design of modern waste containment facilities until fully coupled approach and associated evaluation and modeling of interface parameters evolve to be usable from both the practical and economic points of view.
- Geosyntec Authors: Neven Matasovic
- Title: Recent Advances in Seismic Design of Geosynthetically-Lined Waste Containment Facilities
- Event or Publication: Fifth International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics
- Practice Areas: Waste Containment Facility Planning and Design, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Citation: Matasovic, N., Recent Advances in Seismic Design of Geosynthetically-Lined Waste Containment Facilities, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, San Diego, Californialifornia, May 26-29, 2010.
- Date: 2010
- Location: San Diego, California