AbstractThis study presents a reliability-based analysis performed using a coupled thermo-hydro-bio-mechanical model to assess the long-term performance of a typical landfill cell geometry under simulated bioreactor landfill conditions. Several Monte-Carlo simulations were carried out by considering randomly generated lognormally distributed fields of different properties of waste to represent the waste heterogeneity. The long-term performance of the simulated bioreactor landfill cell was evaluated in terms of wetted area (WA), cumulative methane (CH4) gas generated (WCH4), maximum surface settlement (SSmax), and maximum temperature of the waste (Tmax), at different intervals of time during the operation of the simulated bioreactor landfill cell. A deterministic analysis was also conducted using the mean values for the different properties of waste. The results show that the deterministic analysis overpredicts the maximum value for WA, WCH4, SSmax, and Tmax obtained from the stochastic analysis by approximately 10%, 17%, 25%, and 14%, respectively. The most likely values estimated for the four performance metrics from the stochastic analysis were approximately 44%, 88,000  m3, 5.5 m, and 62.5°C, respectively. It was also determined that the waste’s anisotropy with regard to its hydraulic conductivity and the biodegradation-induced void change parameter had the most influence on WA and the SSmax in the landfill cell, respectively.

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