Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(10), 3437-3453; doi:10.3390/ijerph9103437
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A Coupling Kinetics Model for Pollutant Release and Transport in the Process of Landfill Settlement

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Received: 31 May 2012; in revised form: 12 September 2012 / Accepted: 24 September 2012 / Published: 27 September 2012
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Abstract: A coupling kinetics model is developed to simulate the release and transport of landfill leachate pollutants in a deformable municipal solid waste landfill by taking into account of landfill settlement, seepage of leachate water, hydrolyse of insoluble and degradable organic pollutants in solid phase, biodegradation of soluble and degradable organic pollutants in solid phase and aqueous one, growth of aerobic and anaerobic microorganism, and consumption of dissolved oxygen. The release and transport of organic pollutants and microorganisms in landfills in the process of landfill settlement was simulated by considering no hydraulic effect. Simulation results demonstrated that the interaction between landfill settlement and the release, transport and biodegradation of landfill leachate pollutants was significant. Porosity and saturated hydraulic conductivity were not constants because of the landfill settlement, which affected the release, transport and biodegradation of landfill leachate pollutants, and furthermore acted on the landfill settlement. The simulation results accorded with the practical situation, which preliminarily verified the reliability of the mathematical model and the numerical program in this paper.
Keywords: municipal solid waste; landfill leachate pollutants; aerobic and anaerobic degradation; dissolved oxygen; settlement; coupling kinetics model
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Zhao, Y.; Xue, Q.; Liu, L. A Coupling Kinetics Model for Pollutant Release and Transport in the Process of Landfill Settlement. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 3437-3453.

AMA Style

Zhao Y, Xue Q, Liu L. A Coupling Kinetics Model for Pollutant Release and Transport in the Process of Landfill Settlement. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2012; 9(10):3437-3453.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Zhao, Ying; Xue, Qiang; Liu, Lei. 2012. "A Coupling Kinetics Model for Pollutant Release and Transport in the Process of Landfill Settlement." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 9, no. 10: 3437-3453.


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