Designer tailings: improving the management of tailings through collaborative research

Edraki, Mansour, Huynh, Trang, Baumgartl, Thomas, Huang, Longbin, Andrusiewicz, Michal, Tungpalan, Kate, Tayebi-Khorami, Maedeh, Wightman, Elaine, Palaniandy, Sam, Manlapig, Emmanuel, Evans, Cathy, Farrokhpay, Saeed, Bradshaw, Dee and Vink, Sue (2014). Designer tailings: improving the management of tailings through collaborative research. In: H. Miller and L. Preuss, 8th AMD: Proceedings of the Eighth Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage. AMD14: The Triennial 8th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage, Adelaide, SA, Australia, (173-182). 29 April–2 May, 2014.

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Author Edraki, Mansour
Huynh, Trang
Baumgartl, Thomas
Huang, Longbin
Andrusiewicz, Michal
Tungpalan, Kate
Tayebi-Khorami, Maedeh
Wightman, Elaine
Palaniandy, Sam
Manlapig, Emmanuel
Evans, Cathy
Farrokhpay, Saeed
Bradshaw, Dee
Vink, Sue
Title of paper Designer tailings: improving the management of tailings through collaborative research
Conference name AMD14: The Triennial 8th Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage
Conference location Adelaide, SA, Australia
Conference dates 29 April–2 May, 2014
Proceedings title 8th AMD: Proceedings of the Eighth Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage
Place of Publication Indooroopilly, QLD, Australia
Publisher JKTech
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780992485603
Editor H. Miller
L. Preuss
Start page 173
End page 182
Total pages 10
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The physicochemical properties of mine tailings contribute to weathering and soil formation processes which in turn are fundamental determinants of biological activity, vegetation establishment and ecosystem functioning. Despite this, the complex role of ore and gangue mineralogy, fine grinding, and flotation chemistry in shaping the physical and geochemical properties of tailings and their storage, are not well understood.

This project seeks to improve the management of tailings, through proactively engineering those physicogeochemical properties, as well as the chemistry and quantity of tailings water, during the course of ore body characterisation and mineral processing. This will be achieved through: the development of novel tailings management models; benchmarking the success of proactive initiatives; and identifying pathways for realistic re-use opportunities for valuable by-products in tailings streams.

The study involves feeding data gathered on the biogeochemical processes in tailings storage facilities and immediate receiving environments, back into the design and activities of mineral processing plants and upstream ore characterization, to produce integrated value chain models. The project aims to eliminate environmental and social legacies of future mine tailings by proactively engineering the physical, mineralogical and geochemical properties of tailings across the entire mining process, including initial ore characterization, mineral processing and rehabilitation. This research project is part of the Sustainable Minerals Institute’s NextMine™ Initiative.
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