Use of Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs) in landfill barrier design has been the focus of recent studies investigating their ability to prevent contaminant transport to groundwater. In this paper, the hydration of two GCL products placed in contact with clay subsoils at different initial moisture contents is described under both isothermal conditions at room temperature, and daily thermal cycles. The rate of hydration of the GCL and its final equilibrium moisture content were significantly influenced by the amount of moisture made available to it through the subsoil. The two types of GCLs were also found to exhibit different hydration behaviors under similar experimental conditions. The study revealed that GCLs undergoing daily thermal cycles absorbed much less moisture over time than the GCLs kept at constant room temperature (ratio 1:4). In comparison with other types of subsoils, the final equilibrium moisture content attained by the GCL from clay subsoil was significantly less than that for sand subsoil.

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Keywords Clay subsoil, Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs), Hydration, Thermal cycles
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Journal Waste Management
Sarabian, T. (Tahmineh), & Rayhani, M.T. (2013). Hydration of geosynthetic clay liners from clay subsoil under simulated field conditions. Waste Management, 33(1), 67–73. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2012.08.010