Project

Experimental and numerical study of wet&dry cycles on an innovative polymer treated clay

Duration
01 September 2016 → 31 December 2017
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Geotechnical and environmental engineering
    • Sustainable and environmental engineering
    • Ceramic and glass materials
    • Materials science and engineering
    • Semiconductor materials
    • Other materials engineering
    • Other engineering and technology
Keywords
wet and dry polymer bentonite
 
Project description

Clay liners are widely used to isolate pollutants because of their low hydraulic conductivity to water. However, exposure to polluted liquids and repeated wet and dry cycles can increase their permeability.

This project evaluates the effect of polymer treatment on bentonite during wet-dry cycles. The study is addressed to understand the mechanism of polymer-clay interaction at the nano- and macro-scale.