Effect of aging on dynamic properties of municipal solid waste: A case study of Kahrizak Landfill, Tehran, Iran

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1 School of Civil Engineering, Shahrood University of Technology, Shahrood, Iran

2 School of Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran, Iran

3 Faculty of Engineering, The University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran


The eff ect of aging on dynamic properties of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) including damping ratio and shear modulus was investigated in the current research. For this purpose, a series of cyclic Consolidated Undrained (CU) triaxial tests were performed on fresh and old reconstituted cylindrical specimens, taken from Mansoory Prototype Land ll (MPL) placed in Kahrizak Land ll, Tehran, Iran. The results showed that the shear modulus of old samples (7.5 years old) was more than that of the fresh ones. This trend can be attributed to decomposition of waste over time, which leads to reduction in organic content and, consequently, increment of brous waste particles (plastics) of the old samples. On the other hand, the results also indicated that the damping ratio was partially dependent on the composition of the specimen and it slightly decreased with increasing the age of MSW. The high percentage of organic content in fresh specimens can be considered
as the main reason for this behavior. Finally, the normalized shear modulus reduction and strain-dependent material damping curves were prepared for both ages of retrieved MSW from Kahrizak Center Land ll (KCL). The results of the current study are in the range reported in the technical literature and can be used as reliable data for seismic purposes.


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