Development of a technique for modelling clay liner desiccation. (English) Zbl 1047.74542

Summary: This paper presents a model for the analysis of clay liner desiccation in a landfill barrier system due to temperature effects. The model incorporates consideration of fully coupled heat-moisture-air flow, a non-linear constitutive relationship, the dependence of void ratio and volumetric water content on stress, capillary pressure and temperature, and the effect of mechanical deformation on all governing equations. Mass conservative numerical schemes are proposed to improve the accuracy of the finite element solution to the governing equations. The application of the model is then demonstrated by examining three test problems, including isothermal infiltration, heat conduction and non-isothermal water and heat transport. Comparisons are made with results from literature, and good agreement is observed.


74S05 Finite element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74L10 Soil and rock mechanics
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