A Rational Basis for Determining Safety of Containment

by David E. Daniel, Univ of Texas, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


Design of waste containment facilities may follow one of three tacts: (1) the liner and cover systems may have prescribed components of predetermined minimum thicknesses and hydraulic properties; (2) the liner may be sized to prevent release of any chemical constituents within a set time; and (3) the system may be designed to prevent chemical concentrations in groundwater from exceeding established limits. The third alternative has the most rational basis and is a goal for which engineers should be striving.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Chemical wastes | Safety | Building design | Soil water | Groundwater quality | Hydraulic properties | Chemical properties

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