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Effects of the reinforcement content and reinforcement scale on the shear strength characteristics of mechanically biologically treated waste

Mechanical and biological treatment (MBT), which can be used for waste reduction and for the burning of methane from biological treatments to generate electricity and heating, has become a popular research topic in environmental geotechnical engineering. This study investigated the mechanical behaviour of MBT waste and the effects of different reinforcement contents and reinforcement scales on its shear strength characteristics, and 68 groups of MBT waste samples from the Hangzhou Tianziling landfill were tested in the laboratory with a direct shear test apparatus. The samples exhibited displacement hardening behaviour in their mechanical response. The results show that the content and scale of the reinforced materials in MBT waste play an important role in the strength characteristics of MBT waste, and graphs showing the variation of the MBT waste shear strength and shear strength parameters with different reinforcement contents and reinforcement scales are shown. The range of cohesion c is 6.0–12.0 kPa, and the internal friction angle ? is 15.6–26.6°, respectively. The results of this study provide a reference for the assessment of slope stability at MBT landfills.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870292.