oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Modelling pore pressures in a tailings dam under construction : water engineering
Tailings dams store large volumes of mine tailings. It is generally assumed that strength gain in tailings is due to dissipation of excess pore pressures, although column experiments have shown that this process occurs very rapidly and that, after dissipation, the tailings are still weak. It is still not entirely understood how pore pressures change during normal deposition on a tailings dam.
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