A numerical approach for pre-feasibility analysis of tailings disposal options

Kizil, M. S. and Muller, B. (2011). A numerical approach for pre-feasibility analysis of tailings disposal options. In: E. Y. Baafi, R. J. Kinimonth and I. Porter, 35th APCOM Symposium Proceedings. 35th APCOM Symposium, Wollongong, Australia, (455-463). 24-30 September 2011.

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Author Kizil, M. S.
Muller, B.
Title of paper A numerical approach for pre-feasibility analysis of tailings disposal options
Conference name 35th APCOM Symposium
Conference location Wollongong, Australia
Conference dates 24-30 September 2011
Proceedings title 35th APCOM Symposium Proceedings
Place of Publication Carlton, Australia
Publisher The Autralasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Publication Year 2011
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921522512
Editor E. Y. Baafi
R. J. Kinimonth
I. Porter
Start page 455
End page 463
Total pages 9
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The disposal oftailings has become a greater issue dueto the changing economics ofmineral extraction. The processing oflower grade deposits and tougher environmental regulations has led to the selection process for tailings disposal options becoming more complicated. Current selection methods are too time consuming or too easily manipulated for inexperienced users to use successfully. This paper examines a different method for the initial selection of a tailings disposal system, using a numerical system that was introduced into the mining method selection field. The numerical method system was compiled by reviewing previous work done on the positive and negative aspects of the tailings disposal methods usedby the coal and metallurgical mining industries. Assessing the common trends and design aspects of each of the methods was undertaken and a ranking was designed to explain how well suited the tailings disposal methods are to a situation. The tool successfully analysed sites using common data to indicate methods for disposal that would have provided minimal technical problems, low environmental risk and been practically possible. The tool also proved successful in identifying critical areas that would need further investigation. This new system was tested on some disaster case studies from around the world in order to show that it could have successfully selected a different method for tailings disposal that would have prevented the disaster.
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