Case study of a geomembrane liner damages in a new landfill cell located in Melbourne, Australia

K. Bogoda, A. Bouazza

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The geomembrane component of a composite liner is essentially impervious to liquid flow when devoid of holes or defects. However, defects in the geomembrane can occur even with carefully controlled manufacture and damages can be found even in sites where a strict construction quality assurance program has been put in place. This paper reports on a case study regarding a landfill cell located in Melbourne where an electrical survey was conducted to verify the quality of the installation process of the geomembrane across the cell floor. The electrical survey indicated the presence of 57 holes and about 350 dimples in the high density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembrane. The causation and the remediation of these defects are discussed in detail in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Geosynthetics 2014 (10ICG)
Subtitle of host publicationBerlin, Germany, 21-25 September, 2014
EditorsMartin Ziegler, Kirsten Laackmann, Gerhard Brau, Georg Heerten
PublisherDeutsche Gesellschaft fur Geotechnik e.V.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783981395396
ISBN (Print)9781510825086
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Conference on Geosynthetics 2014 - Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 21 Sep 201425 Sep 2014
Conference number: 10th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Geosynthetics 2014
Abbreviated titleICG 2014
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  • Defects
  • Geomembrane
  • Landfills

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