Some mining applications of unsaturated soil mechanics

Williams, D. J. (2012) Some mining applications of unsaturated soil mechanics. Geotechnical Engineering, 43 1: 83-98.

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Author Williams, D. J.
Title Some mining applications of unsaturated soil mechanics
Journal name Geotechnical Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0046-5828
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 43
Issue 1
Start page 83
End page 98
Total pages 16
Place of publication Bangkok, Thailand
Publisher Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Unsaturated soil mechanics continues to play poor relation to saturated soil mechanics, although an unsaturated soil at a given density is stronger, less compressible and less permeable (i.e. performs better) than the same soil in a saturated state. There are many examples of unsaturated conditions in the mining field, including the wetting-up and drain-down of initially dry surface waste rock dumps; the irrigation and drain-down of heap leach materials; the drain-down, desiccation and rewetting of mine tailings; the dewatering of mineral products such as coal; the shear strength and compressibility of stored mine wastes; and the performance of geo-covers placed on mine wastes on rehabilitation. This paper highlights the key unsaturated soil mechanics parameters, overviews the nature of mining and processing wastes, and some products, and discusses the issues involved. Some applications of unsaturated soil mechanics addressing the shear strength, compressibility and permeability of mine wastes, and mineral products, are presented, together with data to highlight them.
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This special issue contains eight keynote papers selected from the 5th Asia-Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils held in Pattaya, Thailand, between 29 February and 2 March 2012.

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Created: Tue, 03 Apr 2012, 11:41:39 EST by Julie Hunter on behalf of School of Civil Engineering