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The use of mined out pits for tailings storage is becoming increasingly popular due to economic and
environmental benefits. The main post closure issue with tailings deposition into in-pit facilities is the
prediction of the settlement of the final surface in terms of time and magnitude of consolidation (settlement),
as this governs when rehabilitation can commence and the type of rehabilitation to promote a free draining
surface. Consolidation of in-pit tailings is influenced by factors such as tailings properties, pit geometry and
permeability, and available drainage pathways. This paper presents the results of finite element modelling of
various in-pit facilities to predict the consolidation and contributing factors. Case studies draw upon
historical data from post closure pits from a range of tailings materials to allow the modelling to be
correlated with actual field results.
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