Numerical modelling of generation and transport of gas and heat in sanitary landfills. II. Model application

M. El-Fadel, A. N. Findikakis, J. O. Leckie

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    A mathematical model for the generation and transport of gas and heat in a sanitary landfill was developed based on earlier work on the Mountain View Controlled Landfill Project (MVCLP) in California, U.S.A. The present model incorporates biokinetic model equations describing the dynamics of the microbial landfill ecosystem into multi-layer, time-dependent transport and generation of gas and heat models. It is based on the fundamental principles governing the physical, chemical and microbiological processes in a porous media context such as a sanitary landfill. The model includes biochemical and temperature feedback loops to simulate the effects of their corresponding parameters on microbiological processes. The resulting integrated biokinetic, gas and heat generation and transport model was used to simulate field data from the MVCLP and to assess the sensitivity of model results to biological parameters. The model can be used to predict the rate and total production of methane in a landfill. The present work is presented in a series of three papers: (I) model formulation; (II) model application; and (III) sensitivity analysis.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)537-551
    Number of pages15
    JournalWaste Management and Research
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - 1996


    • Generation and transport of gas and heat
    • Mathematical model
    • Methane and methanogenesis
    • Municipal refuse
    • Sanitary landfill
    • Solid waste
    • Temperature effects


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