A landfill operated in Ste. Sophie, Québec, Canada was instrumented to better understand the waste stabilization process in northern climates. Instrument bundles were placed within the waste to monitor temperature, settlement, oxygen, moisture content, total load, mounding of leachate and electrical conductivity. A finite element model was developed to simulate the heat budget for the first waste lift placed in the winter months and was calibrated using the first 10.5. months of collected temperature data. The calibrated model was then used to complete a sensitivity analysis for the various parameters that impact the heat budget. The results of the analysis indicated that the heat required for phase change to thaw the liquid fraction within frozen waste had a significant impact on the heat budget causing sections of waste to remain frozen throughout the simulation period. This was supported by the data collected to date at Ste. Sophie and by other researchers indicating that frozen waste placed during the winter months can remain frozen for periods in access of 1.5. years.

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Keywords Anaerobic, Heat transfer, Landfill, Latent heat, Model, Waste
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wasman.2013.01.020
Journal Waste Management
Bonany, J.E. (James E.), van Geel, P, Burak Gunay, H., & Burkan Isgor, O. (2013). Heat budget for a waste lift placed under freezing conditions at a landfill operated in a northern climate. Waste Management, 33(5), 1215–1228. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2013.01.020