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Flow of microbial suspension through porous media

Shashank, B. S., Rakshith, S., Joseph, J., Mohammad, A. and Singh, D. N. 2017. Flow of microbial suspension through porous media. Presented at: 1st GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition, Egypt 2017 on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, 15-17 July 2017. Published in: Singh, D. N. and Galaa, A. eds. Contemporary Issues in Geoenvironmental Engineering: Proceedings of the 1st GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition, Egypt 2017 on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures. Springer, pp. 115-122. 10.1007/978-3-319-61612-4_9

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Biological methods of soil remediation and improvement are being widely considered and accepted as environmentally sustainable and economically feasible solution as compared to conventional mechanical/physical or chemical methods. Application of these methods in in-situ soil conditions involves the injection of bio-grouts or microbial suspensions in to the soil matrix. Flow of such suspensions in a porous soil matrix depends on various parameters such as, the applied grouting pressure, microbial cell density, viscosity of the injected fluid, and in-situ density of the soil mass. In the present study, the microbial suspension with different cell densities were used to conduct hydraulic conductivity experiments to ascertain the effect of above mentioned parameters. Based on the intrinsic permeability of the soil matrix and hydraulic conductivity for flow of the microbial suspensions through the soil mass, the flow nature of microbial suspension in a porous matrix has been discussed. The study further investigates the rheological behaviour of these microbial suspensions. The study adds to the understanding of flow of microbial suspension through geomaterials having practical significance in bio-grout employed for soil remediation/stabilisation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 23663413 23663405
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2022 09:30

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