Dewatering behavior of fine oil sands tailings: A summary of laboratory results

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To evaluate the disposal technology for fine oil sands tailings, the appropriate engineering properties of the tailings should be ascertained. A laboratory study was conducted by Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands) on the geotechnical properties and dewatering behavior of the fine oil sands tailings (MFT, TT), obtained from Shell Canada’s Muskeg River Mine. In this program, the tailings were characterized by performing various laboratory tests including index property tests, flocculation tests, column settling tests, oedometer tests, shrinkage and swelling tests, water retention tests, cracking tests and air drying tests. In this paper, a summary of the main tests results is presented. The data obtained for the MFT and flocculated MFT are compared to identify the effects of flocculation on the dewatering behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IOSTC2016
Subtitle of host publicationLake Louise, USA
EditorsD.C. Sego, G.W. Wilson, N.A. Beier
PublisherUniversity of Alberta
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-1-55195-326-7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event5th International Oil Sands Tailings Congerence 2016 - Lake louise, United States
Duration: 4 Dec 20167 Dec 2016
Conference number: 5


Conference5th International Oil Sands Tailings Congerence 2016
Abbreviated titleIOSTC2016
CountryUnited States
CityLake louise

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