Measurement of Tailings Particles Transport Driven by Wind Erosion at Porcupine Tailings Storage Facility

This project is designed to characterize the effect of flocculant addition to mine tailings for the reduction of mine dust dispersion. Mine dust prevention is of importance for mine management as well as to reduce the possible dispersion of dust to nearby urban centers like Timmins and Porcupine Lake. To assess the effect of flocculation, we will use collected micrometeorological data as well as tailings material characterization to parameterize wind erosion and dispersion models. The project results will help provide recommendations towards the development of a dust emission management plan.

Faculty Supervisor:

Ward Wilson


Saulo Castro


Newmont Goldcorp


Engineering - civil




University of Alberta


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