Applications of microbial processes in geotechnical engineering

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Abstract

Over the last 10-15 years a new field of ‘biogeotechnics’ has emerged as geotechnical engineers seek to find ground improvement technologies which have the potential to be lower carbon, more ecologically friendly and more cost-effective than existing practices. This review summarizes the developments which have occurred in this new field, outlining in particular the microbial processes which have been shown to be most promising for altering the hydraulic and mechanical responses of soils and rocks. Much of the research effort in this new field has been focused on microbially induced carbonate precipitation via ureolysis (MICP); while a comprehensive review of MICP is presented here, the developments which have been made regarding other microbial processes, including microbially induced carbonate precipitation via denitrification and biogenic gas generation are also presented. Furthermore, this review outlines a new area of study: the potential deployment of fungi in geotechnical applications which has until now been unexplored.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Applied Microbiology
EditorsGeoffrey Gadd, Sima Sariaslani
Chapter2
Number of pages58
Volume104
Edition1st
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Applied Microbiology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISSN (Electronic)0065-2164

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Geotechnical engineering
geotechnical engineering
Carbonates
carbonate
ground improvement
Denitrification
Fungi
denitrification
Rocks
Hydraulics
fungus
hydraulics
Soils
Engineers
Carbon
carbon
Gases
gas
cost
rock

Keywords

  • microbially induced carbonate precipitation
  • ureolysis
  • denitrification
  • biogenic gas formation
  • bacteria
  • fungi
  • geotechnical engineering

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El Mountassir, G., Minto, J. M., van Paassen, L. A., Salifu, E., & Lunn, R. J. (2018). Applications of microbial processes in geotechnical engineering. In G. Gadd, & S. Sariaslani (Eds.), Advances in Applied Microbiology (1st ed., Vol. 104). (Advances in Applied Microbiology).
El Mountassir, G. ; Minto, J. M. ; van Paassen, L. A. ; Salifu, E. ; Lunn, R. J. / Applications of microbial processes in geotechnical engineering. Advances in Applied Microbiology. editor / Geoffrey Gadd ; Sima Sariaslani. Vol. 104 1st. ed. 2018. (Advances in Applied Microbiology).
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El Mountassir, G, Minto, JM, van Paassen, LA, Salifu, E & Lunn, RJ 2018, Applications of microbial processes in geotechnical engineering. in G Gadd & S Sariaslani (eds), Advances in Applied Microbiology. 1st edn, vol. 104, Advances in Applied Microbiology.

Applications of microbial processes in geotechnical engineering. / El Mountassir, G.; Minto, J. M.; van Paassen, L. A.; Salifu, E.; Lunn, R. J.

Advances in Applied Microbiology. ed. / Geoffrey Gadd; Sima Sariaslani. Vol. 104 1st. ed. 2018. (Advances in Applied Microbiology).

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El Mountassir G, Minto JM, van Paassen LA, Salifu E, Lunn RJ. Applications of microbial processes in geotechnical engineering. In Gadd G, Sariaslani S, editors, Advances in Applied Microbiology. 1st ed. Vol. 104. 2018. (Advances in Applied Microbiology).