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Characterization of mature fine tailings in the context of its response to chemical treatment

  • Author / Creator
    Salehi, Mohammadreza
  • Continuous accumulation of Mature Fine Tailings (MFT) is a major challenge to oil sands industry. To reduce the inventory of MFT through development of novel tailings treatment technologies, it is essential to understand the stabilization mechanism of fine solids in MFT. This project aims at characterizing fine solids of MFT. A novel method is developed in this study to understand characteristics of fine solids in MFT by studying their response to the changes in water chemistry and chemical treatment. Settling and rheological response of MFT to chemical additives is determined. Combined with solids characterization of the different layers of settled MFT, an enhanced understanding of stabilization of fine solids in MFT is gained. The knowledge generated through this study will provide a scientific basis for technology development of MFT treatment.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R37J0J
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Xu, Zhenghe (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
    • Masliyah, Jacob (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Szymanski, Jozef (Civil and Environmental Engineering)