An Irrefutable Case for Case Histories: Seismic Design of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

Christopher L. Meehan, Sanjeev Kumar, Miguel A. Pando, Joseph T. Coe, Edward Kavazanjian

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Abstract

The importance of case histories to our understanding of the performance of municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills subject to seismic shaking is irrefutable. Case histories have been used to establish the properties of MSW at large cyclic strains, that earthquake ground motions may be amplified by MSW landfills in a manner similar to amplification of earthquake motions by earth dams, and that, despite the potential for significant amplification, the waste mass in an unlined landfill is able to withstand very high levels of seismic loading without instability or large deformation. However, case histories have also shown that geomembrane liners for landfills may be susceptible to damage when subject to strong ground motions, that the allowable nominal tensile strain in a geomembrane may be limited due to installation damage and strain concentrations, and that sampling of geomembrane seams for CQA testing should be avoided where tensile strains are expected, including on the upper reaches and bench of a lined slope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Special Publication
EditorsSanjeev Kumar, Joseph T. Coe, Christopher L. Meehan, Miguel A. Pando
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages144-157
Number of pages14
EditionGSP 314
ISBN (Electronic)9780784482070, 9780784482087, 9780784482094, 9780784482100, 9780784482117, 9780784482124, 9780784482131, 9780784482148, 9780784482155, 9780784482162
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019
Event8th International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering: Data, Software, Education, and a Tribute to Ralph Peck, Geo-Congress 2019 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Mar 24 2019Mar 27 2019

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
NumberGSP 314
Volume2019-March
ISSN (Print)0895-0563

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering: Data, Software, Education, and a Tribute to Ralph Peck, Geo-Congress 2019
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period3/24/193/27/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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