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International Journal of Environmental Engineering

International Journal of Environmental Engineering (IJEE)

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International Journal of Environmental Engineering (3 papers in press)

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  • Mitigating the risk of secondary fires at MSW bale storage sites   Order a copy of this article
    by Muhammad Asim Ibrahim, Ahtisham Arshad, Muhammad Arif, Aiman Fatima 
    Abstract: The article discusses the suitability of several existing empirical models for determining the safe separation distances (SSDs) for waste fuels. Contour plots of SSDs are generated based on isotropic thermal radiation model for safely storing municipal solid waste (MSW) bales under different storage settings and the plots can be employed for routine hazard assessment purposes. Further, experimental design technique was employed, and orthogonal test matrices were generated to conduct the experiments for studying the combustion dynamics of the primary fire under the influence of storage settings of surrounding fuel units. Main and interaction effects of various storage parameters (e.g., height of adjacent fuel sources, clearance between fuel sources and array size) on the response variables (flame height and burn out time) was studied. A list of appropriate measures for minimising the risk of secondary fires at MSW bale storage sites are provided.
    Keywords: bale storage; secondary fires; waste fires; bale fires; waste fuels; safe separation distance; safety distance; interactive burning; abreast flames; industrial fire safety; flame height; burn out time; BOT.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEE.2023.10058857
  • Theoretical and experimental analysis of the passengers reading comfort to luminous environment in Chinese high-speed trains   Order a copy of this article
    by Chunjun Chen, Zhiying He, Gang Yang, Min Zhang, Guoqing Qu 
    Abstract: This paper is aimed at finding the nature of passengers’ reading comfort in Chinese high-speed trains to the luminous environment. First, based on the ideology of photon mapping, the theoretical analysis is conducted to reveal the mechanism of the passengers’ reading comfort qualitatively. Then, based on the experimental data gained from the comprehensive comfort test-rig, the mechanism of the reading comfort is developed quantitatively based on fuzzy algorithm. Results show that the best illumination for the reading passengers ranges from 175 Lux to 450 Lux and the best range of the colour temperature should be approximately natural. Moreover, the higher the illumination is, the more likely that the passengers will feel comfortable in higher degree of colour temperature. These conclusions can be applied in guiding the design of the comfortable luminous environment of Chinese high-speed trains.
    Keywords: luminous environment; illumination; colour temperature; reading comfort; Chinese high-speed trains.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEE.2023.10059101
  • Landscape planning and design of an ecological characteristic town and its impact on tourism   Order a copy of this article
    by Li Chen, Min Peng 
    Abstract: In order to improve the tourism economy of rural areas, the local landscape needs to be planned to realise sustainable development. This paper analysed the landscape planning of an ecological characteristic town by taking Wenglangxi Village, Longchuantang Yao Nationality Town, Hongjiang City, Hunan Province, as a case. The landscape planning scheme of the ecological characteristic town for Wenglangxi Village was given after introducing the local profile and planning principles, and the changes in tourism in Wenglangxi Village in three years before and after the landscape planning were measured using the coupling coordination model. The results showed that the coupling coordination between tourism and ecology in Wenglangxi Village decreased year by year before the landscape planning and increased year by year after the landscape planning.
    Keywords: ecological characteristic town; landscape planning; tourism; coupling coordination.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJEE.2023.10059436