Structural health and performance monitoring of floating cover at the western treatment plant: Our chronology
Wing Kong Chiu, Thomas Kuen, Benjamin Steven Vien, L.R. Francis Rose, Dat Bui, Shouxun Ludownload PDF
Abstract. This paper provides a historical overview of the development of a diagnostic tool and its integration with the operational characteristics of a floating cover for structural health assessment and performance monitoring in terms of biogas harvesting of the floating covers at the Western Treatment Plant, Melbourne, Australia. Large membrane-like covers used in several environmentally sensitive application contexts, including (i) floating covers for clean water reservoirs, to prevent evaporation and pollution, (ii) landfill liners to stop leakage of hazardous chemicals or harmful matter, (iii) mining applications such as heap leaching, salt evaporation ponds and tailings impoundment are high value assets. Floating covers for anaerobic reactors in wastewater treatment plants are also constructed with these membrane structures. The covers on the anaerobic lagoons at the Western Treatment Plant, west of Melbourne, Australia is a large structure whose construction and installation costs mounts to tens of millions of dollars. They are used to collect biogas emitted during the anaerobic digestion of the raw sewage beneath the cover making it an important asset from an environment standpoint. The research team were provided with an opportunity to develop a diagnostic tool to assist with the safe and efficient operation of this critical asset.
Structural Health Monitoring, Historical Overview, Floating Cover
Published online 3/30/2023, 9 pages
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Citation: Wing Kong Chiu, Thomas Kuen, Benjamin Steven Vien, L.R. Francis Rose, Dat Bui, Shouxun Lu, Structural health and performance monitoring of floating cover at the western treatment plant: Our chronology, Materials Research Proceedings, Vol. 27, pp 322-330, 2023
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