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Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education
Bachelor of Science
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Every year almost 1.5 million tons of material is dredged from Lake Erie to allow passage for boat traffic. In the past, this material has been placed back into the open waters of the lake. However, starting July 2020 this will no long be permitted due to the passing of Senate Bill 1. Therefore, secondary uses of this dredging material are being investigated. To be used, the material needs to be quickly dewatered and stabilized. This project consists of literary reviews of two methods of rapid dewatering, hydraulic placement and ground improvement methods. Hydraulic placement dewatering requires the use of a sedimentation basin or lagoon. Ground improvement methods consists of surface draining systems. This can include trenching, hydraulic fracturing using sand-slurry injection, vacuum-assisted underdrain systems, dynamic compaction, and much more.
Dr. Zhe Jerry Lou
Dr. Christopher Miller
Dr. Stephen Duirk
Moody, Monica, "Investigation of Dredge Material Dewatering Through Hydraulic and Ground Improvement Methods" (2019). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 830.