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Development of a large-scale shear apparatus for the determination of shear strength properties of municipal solid waste

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dc.contributor.advisor Kulathilaka SAS Jayakody SHS 2020 2020 2020
dc.description.abstract Landfill slope failure became one of the hot topics in Sri Lanka as the infamous Meethotamulla waste fill collapsed, claiming lives of people and infrastructure. Every year all around Sri Lanka, millions of tons of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) are produced, and no one can predict the variation and heterogeneity of their composition. Although MSW is a difficult material to test, many comprehensive studies have been conducted to determine the likely ranges of waste properties and hence to take them in the design of landfills. In this study, in-situ direct shear test was performed to assess and develop insights about the shear strength properties of MSW. A large-scale direct shear apparatus was fabricated to conduct in-situ test which has dimensions of 300 mm × 300 mm in plan view. The report contains the steps followed to manufacture the large-scale direct shear device. One of the main objectives was to test the MSW at differently aged locations in abandoned Meethotamulla waste fill site. The testing procedure is comprehensively described in the report. Further, density test, moisture content test and composition analysis were also conducted in this study. As stated by many researchers a peak failure state was not observed during in any of the direct shear tests. There was no significant variation in the shear stress parameters of the differently aged samples. However, all the samples are more than 03 years old. The results obtained from the tests were analyzed and compared with the published data in literature. Recommendations were made regarding the further studies needed to develop a relationship between the differently aged MSW and their shear strength properties. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject CIVIL ENGINEERING-Dissertations en_US
dc.subject MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE-Shear Strength Properties en_US
dc.subject IN-SITU TESTS en_US
dc.title Development of a large-scale shear apparatus for the determination of shear strength properties of municipal solid waste en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract en_US
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MEng. in Foundation Engineering and Earth Retaining Systems en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Civil Engineering en_US 2020
dc.identifier.accno TH4221 en_US

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