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Seismic Response and Stability Analysis of Landfills


Seismic Design Closing Remarks:


           The primary goal of seismic design of a landfill is to ensure that the landfill sustains an earthquake without damage or without leaking contaminant. With the onset of the Subtitle D regulation, research and interest in the seismic criteria of landfill design has been of interest. The lack of specification from the Subtitle C and D may root from the fact that seismic design is heavily specific to region and site-specificities. This puts the onus on the designer to ensure the project at hand is fully understood and evaluated before designing a landfill for seismic loading. Choosing which design philosophy and specifications are met is paramount with careful consideration needed. In areas such as Washington State and California, where seismic activity is imminent, and populations are ever-growing, landfill design for seismic criteria is becoming evermore important. The following part will explicate the cover liner system design under seismic conditions.    


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