Drainage characteristics and behaviour of hydraulically placed mine fill and fill barricades

Rankine, Kirralee J., and Sivakugan, Nagaratnam (2005) Drainage characteristics and behaviour of hydraulically placed mine fill and fill barricades. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (2), pp. 579-582. From: 16th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 12 - 16 September 2005, Osaka, Japan.

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Abstract

To efficiently remove valuable minerals from large scale underground mining operations, the orebody is often divided into a series of stopes. The stopes are blasted, the rock removed for processing, and the large void created is backfilled with a slurry made from the by-product of the mineral processing activity. Underground failures have occured as a result of poor drainage of excess water from the backfill. The permeability of hydraulic fill is typically between 10-30 mm/hr (much less than industry specification), and yet many mines using these fills have operated successfully for many years. Hydraulic fill typically settles to a porosity value between 37% and 48%, and the dry density may be approximated as 0.56 times the specific gravity. This paper discusses current developments in drainage analysis of hydraulically placed mine fill and fill barricades from four Australian mines.

Item ID: 7728
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: drainage; FLAC; hydraulic fill; mining; permeability
ISBN: 978-90-5966-029-8
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2010 23:33
FoR Codes: 09 ENGINEERING > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8401 Mineral Exploration > 840104 Iron Ore Exploration @ 51%
84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8402 Primary Mining and Extraction Processes of Mineral Resources > 840204 Mining and Extraction of Iron Ores @ 49%
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