Authors: Cooke, R


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Cooke, R 2005, 'High Concentration Tailings Transportation System Optimisation', in R Jewell & S Barrera (eds), Paste 2005: Proceedings of the International Seminar on Paste and Thickened Tailings, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 185-193,

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The ever increasing move towards high concentration tailings disposal sys- tems over the last decade has mainly been driven by the need to achieve water savings. While the technology for implementing high concentration tailings sys- tems is largely mature, there is a tendency to design for systems for the maximum concentration tailings that can be produced. This often results in uneconomic system designs. This paper presents the findings of a study conducted to deter- mine the optimum concentration for a high concentration tailings transportation system. The study considers the effects of pipeline length, elevation change, ton- nage and energy cost. It is recognised that a comprehensive life cycle costing including all the tailings disposal elements must be performed before selecting the optimum tailings concentration. 186 Paste 2005, Santiago, Chile High Concentration Tailings... Cooke, R.

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