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Sustainable improvement in safety of tailings facilities

Objective

Tailings are fine-grained wastes of the mining industry, output as slurries, due to mixing with water during mineral processing. Deposits of these residues in ponds or lagoons, usually confined by man-made dams, can present a serious threat. Especially where there is improper handling and management. Recent accidents at tailings facilities, such as the Baia Mare (Romania) and the Aznalcollar (Spain) disasters, resulted in major hazards to the environment and human life. The project intends to develop and apply methods of parameter evaluation and measurement for the detection, assessment and improvement of the safety state of tailings dams and ponds. Aspects of probabilistic stability analysis, water management involving paste technology, non-destructive testing and monitoring methods, and intervention and practical remediation options will be considered. The results will be incorporated in a systematic risk reduction framework.

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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE)
Address
12,Kaiserstrasse 12
76128 Karlsruhe
Germany
 

Participants (8)

FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR MATERIAL RESEARCH AND TESTING
Germany
Address
Unter Der Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
 
FINNISH ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE
Finland
Address
Kesaekatu 6
00251 Helsinki
MECSEKERC KOERNYEZETVEDELMI RT
Hungary
Address
Esztergar Lajos U. 19
7614 Pecs
 
MINERAL INDUSTRY RESEARCH ORGANISATION
United Kingdom
Address
6,City Square 1
LS1 2ES Leeds
 
MISKOLC UNIVERSITY
Hungary
Address
Egyetemvaros
3515 Miskolc
 
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Zographou Campus
15780 Athens
 
RESEARCH AND DESIGN INSTITUTE FOR RARE AND RADIOACTIVE METALS
Romania
Address
Carol I Blvd 78
70132 Bucuresti
 
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds