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Seismic Response and Stability Analysis of Landfills


Seismic Analysis of Landfill


 Based on 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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