Authors: Javadi, S; Pirouz, B; Slatter, P


DOI https://doi.org/10.36487/ACG_repo/2052_93

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Javadi, S, Pirouz, B & Slatter, P 2020, 'Paste and Thickened Tailings Transportation Design Aspects Overview', in H Quelopana (ed.), 23rd International Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings - PASTE 2020, Gecamin Publications, Santiago, https://doi.org/10.36487/ACG_repo/2052_93

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Abstract:
Tailings transport is an integrated element in any wet tailings storage facility (TSF). Tailings from the process plant are often thickened to a moderate or relatively high (but still pumpable) solids concentration, depending on several parameters mainly the TSF deposition requirements and strategies, process plant water security status and the dewatering technology utilised. This paper overviews the transportation of paste and thickened tailings and discusses various aspects and considerations in the hydraulic design of the system. Material characteristics, flow behaviour assessment (rheological behaviour measurement and interpretation) and the basis of design definition are discussed. The recent developments in environmental authorities’ regulations associated with the tailings pipeline burst and leakage management are also reviewed in this paper. The tailings leakage and spillage to the environment is one the main concerns for any tailings hydraulic transportation system, therefore as part of the tailings pipeline design, the pipeline integrity failure (due to pipe wear, overpressure bursting etc.) should be thoroughly analysed to propose proper mitigation measures. The paper discusses a methodology to assess the potential tailings volume release to the environment in an event of the pipeline integrity failure which would be of interest to the operators and designers.

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