Theses and Dissertations
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Items in this Collection
- 1Badiozamani Tari Nazari, Mohammad Mahdi
- 1Beier, Nicholas A
- 1Brown, Lisa D
- 1Ho, Timothy Then-Siong
- 1Ogloza, Janeen R.
- 1Osborn, Ian
A strategic mine planning model determines the best order of extraction and destination of material over the mine-life, in a way that maximizes the net present value of the produced minerals. In case of oil sands open-pit mining, further processing of the extracted oil sands generates massive...
A multi-purpose settling column was designed to determine settling rate and sediment height allowing the in-situ measurement of yield stress and drainage without disturbing the sediment particle network. The settling column was applied to studying flocculation/densification of model oil sands...
Oil Sands Process-Affected Water (OSPW) is generated from oil sands operation processes such as mining, extraction, and upgrading. Currently, accumulated OSPW is temporarily stored in tailings ponds which are toxic to the environment and must be treated for either reuse or safe discharge in the...
Biological Treatment of Naphthenic Acids and Other Organic Compounds in Oil Sands Process-Affected WatersDownload
The Alberta oil sands contain one of the world’s largest reserves of oil - over 169 billion barrels of bitumen are economically recoverable with current extraction technologies. Surface mining, whereby the ore is extricated from the earth and bitumen is obtained via a hot water extraction...
This research aims to assist in the assessment of tailings management technologies through the development of a dynamic simulation model. The developed model (TMSim) incorporates the mine plan, various stages of dewatering including classification, pre- and post-deposition dewatering, and an...
Development of compact fluorescent spectrometers and field deployable optical solids content monitoring devicesDownload
Two techniques were used to develop industrial and environmental sensing devices: fluorescence spectrometry and light scatter. The focus of the thesis is to develop real-time, portable and economical sensors using these techniques for environmental detection and management of tailings slurries. A...
The mining of oil sands ore and extraction of bitumen produces aqueous slurries containing bitumen, coarse sand and fine clays. The performance of key process units is highly dependent on the rheology of “carrier fluid”, which is comprised of the fine solids and water. Although viscosity is...
The focus of the research presented here was to directly measure actual evaporation rates from a tailings surface using a micrometeorological technique known as the eddy covariance method. Depending on the results, it would be determined whether current drying models need to be calibrated with...
Oilsands tailings are a waste product comprising primarily a stable alkaline suspension of clay in water. This waste product of oilsands mining is environmentally hazardous to store and expensive to safely dispose of. This work presents two novel ideas for dealing with the waste. The first is...