Hydraulic conductivity evaluation of vertical barrier walls

David E. Daniel, Hangseok Choi

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Vertical barrier walls are routinely used to contain contaminated groundwater and vapors around old landfills and remediation sites. Three methods are available for evaluating the hydraulic conductivity of vertical barriers: (1) laboratory tests on reconstituted samples; (2) laboratory tests on 'undisturbed' samples; and (3) in situ tests. Test procedures and relative advantages of each method are summarized. Typical test results are provided for three projects. Different methods for measuring hydraulic conductivity can produce hydraulic conductivity's that vary by orders of magnitude, and not always in the same direction on different projects. Numerical analyses were performed for in situ slug tests, and comparative results are presented to clarify the significance of critical variables for single-well borehole tests on vertical barrier walls.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeotechnical Special Publication
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)0784404348
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 3rd National Conference onGeo-Engineering for Underground Facilities - Urbana, IL, USA
Duration: 1999 Jul 131999 Jul 17

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherProceedings of the 1999 3rd National Conference onGeo-Engineering for Underground Facilities
CityUrbana, IL, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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