Design of Geosynthetic Systems for Waste Disposal

by Robert M. Koerner, Drexel Univ, Philadelphia, PA, USA,
Gregory N. Richardson, Drexel Univ, Philadelphia, PA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Geotechnical Practice for Waste Disposal '87


Geosynthetic materials (consisting of geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids and geocomposites) are currently being used in large amounts to contain solid wastes in landfills, surface impoundments and waste piles. While regulations require their use in certain circumstances, considerable flexibility still remains for design variations. This paper focuses on the bottoms, sides and covers of such containment facilities in providing a design logic and a proposed methodology for the design engineer. The models and schemes proposed are felt to be rational and a logical extension of the mechanistic approach to problems typical of traditional geotechnical engineering practice.

Subject Headings: Geosynthetics | Waste disposal | Solid wastes | Recycling | Building design | Soil pollution | Linings | Geomembranes

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