Microstructure and Triaxial Shear Testing of Compacted Clay Presented in Landfill Leachate

  • Shicheng Xu
  • Haijun Lu
  • Jixiang Li
  • Xiaofan Liu
  • Weiwei Wang
Conference paper


In order to reasonably predict failure law of compacted clay presented in landfill leachate as well as help provide theoretical basis for curbing and restoration of contaminated soil, triaxial shear, SEM, XRD and laser particle size tests were used to determine strength and microstructure of compacted clay presented in landfill leachate in this paper. The results show that when the leachate concentration was low, the stress-strain curve of compacted clay belonged to typical strain-softening behavior. With the increase of leachate concentration, the stress-strain curve of soil began to show typical strain-hardening behavior. The concentration of leachate was negatively related to the cohesion and internal friction angle of soil sample. In the aspect of soil microstructure, with the increase of leachate concentration, a series of microstructural changes, such as a decrease of secondary minerals, an increase of pore, the overhead pores developed into cracks and so on, had result in a decrease of the strength of compacted clay. The particle size curve of compacted clay presented in landfill leachate was about single peak curve and the value of Dv(50) tend to stable.


Compacted clay Landfill leachate Triaxial shear test Microstructure 



This research was financially supported by the “National Natural Science Foundation of China (11672216 and 11602183),” the “Natural Science Fund of Hubei Province (2016CFB636).”


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shicheng Xu
    • 1
  • Haijun Lu
    • 1
  • Jixiang Li
    • 1
  • Xiaofan Liu
    • 1
  • Weiwei Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Civil Engineering and ArchitectureWuhan Polytechnic UniversityWuhanChina

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