Optimal design of a compacted soil liner containing sorptive amendments

S. L. Bartelt-Hunt, S. E. Burns, T. B. Culver, J. A. Smith

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The use of hexadecyltrimethylammonium (HDTMA) bentonite, benzyltriethylammonium (BTEA) bentonite, shale, and granular activated carbon as a sorptive amendment in compacted liners by using laboratory sorption and permeability testing was discussed. A genetic algorithm optimization model was developed and used to design a liner containing sorptive amendments. Results from the laboratory sorption experiments indicated that granular activated carbon exhibited the highest sorptive capacity for the three solutes tested. Results from the optimization analysis indicated that the inclusion of sorptive amendments as a component in compacted soil liners could effectively minimize the transport of organic contaminants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3385-3398
Number of pages14
JournalGeotechnical Special Publication
Issue number130-142
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventGeo-Frontiers 2005 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jan 24 2005Jan 26 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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