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Seismic Response and Stability Analysis of Landfills


Seismic Analysis of Landfill


 Compiled from our review, the dynamic or seismic analysis of a landfill comprises of the following steps:

(1) Determining site-specific geologic information


(2) Determining dynamic properties of solid waste material


(3) Implementing EPA’s seismic design guidelines (or State-specific design criteria)


(4) Adopting method of analysis


(5) Calculating the (i) peak ground surface acceleration of a landfill site (ii) peak surface acceleration (iii) peak average acceleration of waste mass


(6) Evaluating landfill slope stability


 Special sections will be dedicated to (1), (2), and (6) in the following three sections. 


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