n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Analysis of corrosive characteristics of acid mine drainage on infrastructure materials : environmental engineering




The study presented in this article is part of an ongoing joint research programme on acid mine drainage (AMD) being conducted by the University of Johannesburg and the Council for Geoscience. In this study, the corrosive characteristics of AMD from the goldfields of South Africa are examined. The motivation behind this collaborative research is to generate scientific understanding that deals with pertinent questions concerning possible interaction between AMD and infrastructure. The research programme was established in the recent wake of threats and risks associated with decant of AMD in the West Rand belt, and underlying risks in the Central belt of the Witwatersrand basin. Scientific understanding is needed to deal with perceptions and public fears, such as the potential of AMD to cause disastrous consequences on urban infrastructure.


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