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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Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
LS1 2ES Leeds
LS2 9JT Leeds