Analysis on contaminants transport process through clay-solidified grouting curtain in MSW landfills

  • Chen Yong-gui Email author
  • Zhang Ke-neng 
  • Huang Chang-bo 
Geology, Mining And Civil Engineering


Clay-solidified grouting curtains are commonly used for remediation by containment or pollution prevention, in addition to their use as a barrier to water flow in municipal solid waste(MSW) landfills. A hydrological model of water flow and a hydrodynamic model of contaminant are presented to simulate the migration of leachate through clay-solidified grouting curtain in MSW landfills, with particular attention paid to the role of diffusive and adsorptive fluxes in contaminant transport. The models were applied to simulate the sensitivity of the curtain’s behavior to changes in parameters, such as thickness, depth, permeability coefficient, diffusion coefficient, resistance coefficient and concentration, and also to demonstrate the contaminant distribution on the evolution of travel time and offset distance of clay-solidified grouting curtain in landfills. It is found that a part of leachate components stays or is retarded in clay-solidified grouting curtain by precipitate or exchange, the retention rate is closely related to composition of clay-solidified grouting curtain, more than 80%, and the maximum occurs at the cementclay ratio of 2 : 4 under experimental conditions. Contamination distribution is variable on travel time and offset distance, the highest concentration takes place where the contamination intensity is nearest to the pollution resource or takes place at early middle period of transport, and the pollutant attenuates gradually. The results indicate that claysolidified grouting curtain with a proper thickness, a low permeability coefficient and a high resistance coefficient might serve as a sufficiently effective vertical barrier against leachate seepage and contamination migration in MSW landfills.

Key words

clay-solidified grouting curtain contaminant transport landfills 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chen Yong-gui 
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Zhang Ke-neng 
    • 3
  • Huang Chang-bo 
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Bridge and Structural EngineeringChangsha University of Science and TechnologyChangshaChina
  2. 2.College of Civil EngineeringHunan UniversityChangshaChina
  3. 3.School of Geoscience and Environmental EngineeringCentral South UniversityChangshaChina
  4. 4.China Construction First Group Corporation LimitedBeijingChina

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