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It is a matter of observational experience that slurry flow confines itself into a
self-formed channel to find its way down the beach, Williams (2001). It is be-
lieved that the channel flow characteristics determine the overall beach slope.
The present research project was undertaken to understand the flow characteris-
tics of the channelized tailings. All tests were carried out in controlled conditions
in a full-scale experimental flume installed at a mine site, using the flow of fresh
mine tailings from the discharge pipeline. For each test, a limiting equilibrium
bed slope was obtained. Velocity and density fluctuations and also the average
profile with depth were recorded. It is thought that this is the first time that
profile measurements on a full scale slurry flow of this type have been carried out.
Results from the tests cover many issues and aspects of the on-going work. The
mechanisms involved in beach formation and development as well as the occur-
rence of laminar and turbulent slurry flow regimes on a real stack and the affect-
ing parameters on beach slope, have been investigated in detail. A summary of
the key data and the preliminary conclusions that can be drawn have been pre-
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