Advances in Solid Waste Treatment Technology and Contamination Remediation

A special issue of Processes (ISSN 2227-9717). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental and Green Processes".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 October 2024 | Viewed by 1238

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Institute of Geotechnical Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
Interests: waste landfill; multi-phase flow; slope stability; extraction and injection technology
School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018, China
Interests: municipal solid waste; construction solid waste; excavated soil; slope stability
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School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004, China
Interests: waste landfill; multi-phase flow; vertical barrier; capillary barrier

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College of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Taizhou University, Taizhou 318000, China
Interests: landfill; leachate; contaminated soil; remediation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Solid waste management is a universal issue affecting every single person in the world. Individuals and governments make decisions about consumption and waste management that affect communities’ daily health, productivity, and cleanliness. Globally, approximately 37 percent of waste is disposed of in some type of landfill, 33 percent is openly dumped, 19 percent undergoes materials recovery through recycling and composting, and 11 percent is treated through modern incineration. Advanced solid waste treatment technology requires no discharge of pollution to land, water, and air that threatens the environment or human health. At the same time, the remediation of groundwater and soil pollution generated by solid waste is also receiving increasing attention from society.

This Special Issue on “Advances in Solid Waste Treatment Technology and Contamination Remediation” seeks high-quality works focusing on laboratory testing, field testing, and numerical modeling of solid waste. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Processing and utilization of municipal solid waste, construction waste, and industrial waste.
  • Geoenvironmental issues and disaster prevention of solid waste landfill.
  • Remediation of groundwater and soil in contaminated sites.
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) and techno-economical analysis (TEA) of solid waste management.

Dr. Jie Hu
Dr. Hui Xu
Dr. Xiaobing Xu
Dr. Wenjie Zhang
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  • municipal solid waste
  • construction waste
  • industrial waste landfill
  • geoenvironment
  • contamination sites
  • in situ remediation
  • life cycle assessment
  • techno-economical analysis

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Numerical Investigation of Confining Pressure Effects on Microscopic Structure and Hydraulic Conductivity of Geosynthetic Clay Liners
by Juan Hou, Yinyu Sun, Chenxi Chu and Rui Sun
Processes 2024, 12(5), 980; - 12 May 2024
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A series of COMSOL numerical models were developed to explore how confining pressure impacts the microscopic structure and hydraulic conductivity of Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs), taking into account the bentonite swelling ratio, mobile porosity, pore size, and tortuosity of the main flow path. [...] Read more.
A series of COMSOL numerical models were developed to explore how confining pressure impacts the microscopic structure and hydraulic conductivity of Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs), taking into account the bentonite swelling ratio, mobile porosity, pore size, and tortuosity of the main flow path. The study reveals that the mobile porosity and pore size are critical factors affecting GCL hydraulic conductivity. As confining pressure increases, the transition of mobile water to immobile water occurs, resulting in a reduction in mobile water volume, the narrowing of pore channels, decreased flow velocity, and diminished hydraulic conductivity within the GCL. Mobile porosity undergoes a slight decrease from 0.273 to 0.104, while the ratio of mobile porosity to total porosity in the swelling process decreases significantly from 0.672 to 0.256 across the confining pressure range from 50 kPa to 500 kPa, which indicates a transition of mobile water toward immobile water. The tortuosity of the main flow path shows a slight increase, fluctuating within the range of 1.30 to 1.36, and maintains a value of around 1.34 as the confining pressure rises from 50 kPa to 500 kPa. At 50 kPa confining pressure, the minimum pore width measures 5.2 × 10−5 mm, with a corresponding hydraulic conductivity of 6.2 × 10−11 m/s. With an increase in confining pressure to 300 kPa, this compression leads to a narrower minimum pore width of 1.81 × 10−5 mm and a decrease in hydraulic conductivity to 5.11 × 10−12 m/s. The six-fold increase in confining pressure reduces hydraulic conductivity by one order of magnitude. A theoretical equation was derived to compute the hydraulic conductivity of GCLs under diverse confining pressure conditions, indicating a linear correlation between the logarithm of hydraulic conductivity and confining pressure, and exhibiting favorable agreement with experimental findings. Full article
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