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EPSRC Reference: GR/L16149/01
Title: DEVELOPMENT OF SUSTAINABLE LANDFILL PRACTICES AND ENGINEERED LANDFILL TECHNOLOGY
Principal Investigator: Powrie, Professor W
Other Investigators:
Banks, Dr C Anderson, Professor GK Tanton, Professor T
Robinson, Dr J Banks, Professor C
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Cleanaway Ltd
Department: School of Civil Eng and The Environment
Organisation: University of Southampton
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 12 August 1996 Ends: 11 October 1999 Value (£): 283,338
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Waste Management
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Environment
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In the past, the driving principle of landfill management has been to prevent saturation of the waste and leakage of leachate into the surrounding ground. This has resulted in very slow rates of waste degradation stabilisation. More recent thinking is directed towards the operation of a landfill as a wet bioreactor by circulating fluids through the waste, in order to accelerate the rate of degradation and reduce the time taken for the stabilisation of the wasteform.One of the main difficulties concerning the operation of a landfill as an engineered wet bioreactor concerns the permeability of the waste, because this governs the ease with which fluids may be introduced into and extracted from the landfill. The proposed research is aimed at the measurement of the permeability and compressibility of typical wastes, with particular emphasis on the effects of sorting and pre-treatment, overburden and compaction stress, waste degradation and gas generation.
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