1. bookVolume 24 (2021): Issue 1 (May 2021)
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06 Sep 2013
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Influence of infiltration on soil erosion in green infrastructures

Published Online: 21 May 2021
Page range: 1 - 8
Received: 04 Jan 2021
Accepted: 04 Mar 2021
Journal Details
First Published
06 Sep 2013
Publication timeframe
2 times per year

Rainwater-induced erosion in green geotechnical infrastructures such as a multilayered landfill cover system (MLCS) is a severe concern in the current era. Although vegetation is a proven measure to control erosion in the MLCS, there are other factors such as infiltration rate which influence the control of the phenomenon. Most of the existing studies are limited to understand influence of vegetation on erosion control or infiltration rate alone. In this study, an attempt is made to incorporate infiltration measurements alongside vegetation cover to understand erosion in surface layer of the MLCS. For this purpose, a pilot MLCS was constructed, and erosion of its surface soil was temporally evaluated through soil loss depth of eroded cover surface under the influence of natural as well as simulated rainfall conditions. Alongside erosion, the amount of vegetated cover was evaluated through photographic image analyses and infiltration rate was measured by mini disk infiltrometer. From the observed results, it is understood that soil erosion and infiltration rate depict a contrasting behaviour with growing vegetation. Antecedent moisture contents were observed to show greater influence on such erosion behaviour which was observed during the testing period. Such studies may be helpful to researchers and practicing engineers for understanding performance of various green geotechnical infrastructures and scheduling the maintenance services to increase the longevity of their layered soil systems.


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