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Chua L.H.C.,Nanyang Technological University | Tan S.B.K.,CPG Consultants Pte Ltd. | Sim C.H.,WaterWays | Goyal M.K.,Nanyang Technological University
Ecological Engineering | Year: 2012

This study investigated the performance of a floating wetlands system (FWS) planted with Chrysopogon zizanioides (Vetiver grass), Typha angustifolia and Polygonum barbatum as treatment units to remove nutrients contained in the baseflow to the Kranji reservoir in Singapore. Phase 1 of the study consisted of controlled experiments with a perspex floating wetland test cell of dimensions 2.5m×2m×1m. Separate experiments were carried out using the inflows from Sungei Kangkar, Sungei Tengah and Sungei Peng Siang, which drain into Kranji reservoir. Tests were conducted for each plant species using water taken from each of the tributaries in turn. Water samples were collected from the experimental and control tanks during the experiment and analysed for total nitrogen, TN (mg/L), total phosphorus, TP (mg/L), orthophosphate, OP (mg/L) as PO 4 and ammoniacal nitrogen, AN (mg/L) as NH 4+. The net nutrient reduction (%) for Vetiver, Typha and Polygonum were 19.1, 39.2 and 46.0 for TP, and 40.8, 67.5, 7.8 for TN, respectively. The rate of decrease of nutrients was found to be significant within the first few days and reached steady state after approximately 10 days. The removal coefficient (day -1) for Vetiver, Typha and Polygonum were 0.66, 0.87 and 1.06 for TP and 0.64, 0.68, 0.87 for TN, respectively. The removals of OP and AN could not be ascertained due to the low concentrations of these parameters contained in the waters tested. In Phase 2, field experiments were carried out with the FWS installed in Sungei Peng Siang with the same plant species that were used in the controlled experiments. The growth of Vetiver and Typha was monitored while all three plant species were tested for plant nutrient content. Plant TN and TP content increased rapidly during the initial rapid growth stage, reached a maximum after approximately 1 month and decreased. Typha achieved the highest rate of increase in nutrient content compared to Vetiver and Polygonum. The uptake of TN by Typha, Vetiver and Polygonum was estimated to be 16.2, 1.74 and 2.82 (mg/daym 2). The corresponding uptake for TP was 1.57, 0.16 and 0.4 (mg/daym 2). For Typha, the mat size required for 50% removal of TN and TP from the baseflow was estimated to be 0.056 and 0.031ha of mat/ha of catchment area. This is a conservative estimate since nutrient uptake by the root system was ignored. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

Kog Y.C.,CPG Consultants Pte Ltd. | Kho C.,CPG Consultants Pte Ltd. | Loh K.K.,CPG Consultants Pte Ltd.
Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities | Year: 2015

The modulus of subgrade reaction is not a unique fundamental soil property that can be readily measured, and its magnitude is an outcome from a soil-structure interaction. But it is required by structural engineers for the structural design of a tunnel. The adoption of an appropriate magnitude for the modulus of subgrade reaction is crucial to ensure that the structural design of the tunnel will be adequate. Some engineers inappropriately rely on the plate load test to determine the magnitude of the modulus of subgrade reaction of the underlying stratum for the structural design of the tunnel. This paper will discuss an appropriate approach to estimate the magnitude of the modulus of subgrade reaction of weak sandstones and siltstones underlying a 2-km tunnel. This tunnel was completed and extensive cracks were noted prior to the opening of the tunnel. This prompted an investigation that included a design review that identified the important issue of an appropriate method for determining the magnitude of the modulus of subgrade reaction for the tunnel design. Typical values for the moduli and Poisson's ratios of weak sandstones and siltstones required for the soil-structure interaction analysis will be discussed based on a review of the existing literature and the results of plate load tests, pressuremeter tests, and unconfined compression strength tests of the soil investigation report for the tunnel project. © 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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