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Laboratory investigation of self-healing properties on geosynthetic clay liners with flaw

By Zhang Guang-Wei, Zhang Hu-Yuan, Wang Jin-Fang, Zhou Lang, Liu Ping and Jiang Xiao

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to evaluate the self- healing properties of a commercially-available geosynthetic clay liner (GCL) using flexible-wall permeameter. The GCLs are produced by the same factory, but the contents of bentonite are different. Also the hydraulic conductivities (HC) of GCLs with no defect are different. In this study, specimens were completely saturated under the backpressure of 20 kPa before the test. Permeability tests were performed on GCL specimens with penetrating flaw and also on specimens permeated with distilled water and CaCl2 solutions. The test results were presented and discussed. Experimental results showed that the GCL with penetrating flaw did not exhibit complete self-healing in the case of flaw. After 120 days, the hydraulic conductivity increased by approximately an order of magnitude. In addition, CaCl2 solutions had a significant influence on the hydraulic conductivity. The research findings might be of interest to researchers and engineers who design liners for landfills and other liquid containment facilitie

Topics: landfills, geosynthetic clay liner, self healing, hydraulic conductivity, Environmental protection, TD169-171.8
Publisher: De Gruyter Open
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1515/aep-2015-0007
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:e65779925db345a8bf043534b5fda626
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