CORDIS
EU research results

CORDIS

English EN

Sustainable improvement in safety of tailings facilities

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVG1-CT-2002-00066

  • Start date

    1 December 2002

  • End date

    30 November 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 934 047

  • EU contribution

    € 1 730 340

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE)

Germany

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.

Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE)

Address

12,Kaiserstrasse 12
76128 Karlsruhe

Germany

Participants (8)

FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR MATERIAL RESEARCH AND TESTING

Germany

FINNISH ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE

Finland

MECSEKERC KOERNYEZETVEDELMI RT

Hungary

MINERAL INDUSTRY RESEARCH ORGANISATION

United Kingdom

MISKOLC UNIVERSITY

Hungary

NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece

RESEARCH AND DESIGN INSTITUTE FOR RARE AND RADIOACTIVE METALS

Romania

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

Project information

Grant agreement ID: EVG1-CT-2002-00066

  • Start date

    1 December 2002

  • End date

    30 November 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 934 047

  • EU contribution

    € 1 730 340

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE)

Germany