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Journal of Waste Management
Volume 2014, Article ID 308603, 24 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/308603
Research Article

Validation of Two-Phase Flow Model for Leachate Recirculation in Bioreactor Landfills

Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 842 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

Received 24 January 2014; Accepted 2 July 2014; Published 20 August 2014

Academic Editor: Gopal Achari

Copyright © 2014 Krishna R. Reddy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A numerical two-phase flow model is presented to determine the moisture distribution and pore water and gas pressures within unsaturated municipal solid waste (MSW) in bioreactor landfills during leachate recirculation. The numerical model used is the Fast Lagrangian Analysis of Continua (FLAC), which is based on finite difference approach. The model governing equations and mathematical formulations is briefly explained. Validation of the model is examined by simulating the published laboratory and field studies and published modeling studies. Overall, the two-phase flow model is found to produce results comparable with those of the published studies. This assures that the model can be used for the prediction of moisture distribution and for the rational design of leachate recirculation systems in bioreactor landfills.