MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 337, 2021PanAm-Unsat 2021: 3rd Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Tailings and Waste Disposal|
|Published online||26 April 2021|
Field monitoring and model predicted water balance of monolithic cover
1 Prairie View A&M University, Civil Engineering Department, 100 University Drive, Prairie View, TX 77446, USA
2 SUNY Polytechnic Institute, College of Engineering, 100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502, USA
3 University of Texas at Arlington, Civil Engineering Department, 416 Yates Street, Arlington, TX 76019, USA
4 SCS Engineers, Department of Solid Waste Service, 12651 Briar Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77077, USA
5 University of Texas at Arlington, Civil Engineering Department, 416 Yates Street, Arlington, TX 76019, USA
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
The use of the evapotranspiration cover for landfill is increasing because of its long-term enhanced performance. However, the performance of evapotranspiration cover primarily depends on the onsite geo-climatic conditions. Therefore, field verification of cover performance through constructed test plots is required before actual implementation. Additionally, numerical modeling and comparison with field results are necessary for future performance prediction. The objective of this study was to simulate the water balance hydrology of evapotranspiration cover using the code SEEP/W. Drainage lysimeter was constructed with fine-grained soil and native vegetation. Field water balance data from the lysimeter were obtained through instrumentation. Onsite climatological data, laboratory and field investigated soil parameters and actual field studied plant parameters were used as model input. Based on one year’s simulation, it was observed that the code nearly captured the seasonal variations in the water balance quantities measured in the field. Surface runoff was reasonably predicted in the model where precipitation intensity appeared to be responsible to some extent. Evapotranspiration was slightly overpredicted and the fluctuation in soil water storage was similar to the field results. The model predicted annual percolation was approximately 45 mm, which is under-predicted than the actual field measured annual percolation of 62 mm.
Key words: Landfill / Water Balance Cover / Field Investigation / Numerical Modeling / SWCC
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