publication . Conference object . 2013

Numerical modelling for stability of tailings dams

Auchar, Muhammad; Mattsson, Hans; Knutsson, Sven;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
A tailings dam is a large embankment structure that is constructed to store the waste from the mining industry. Stability problems may occur in a tailings dam due to factors such as quick rate of raising, internal erosion and liquefaction. The failure of a tailings dam may cause loss of human life and environmental degradation. Tailings Dams must not only be stable during the time the tailings storage facility is in operation, but also long time after the mine is closed. In Sweden, the licensing authorities demand that the tailings dams should be stable up to the next glaciation age, which is interpreted to be 1000 years or more. This goal requires extensive kno...
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