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Geotechnical & Geological Engineering

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 661–673 | Cite as

Permeability of Hydraulic Fills and Barricade Bricks

  • Nagaratnam Sivakugan
  • Kirralee Rankine
  • Rudd Rankine
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Abstract

Permeability is one of the most important parameters in the design of hydraulic backfilling of mine stopes. A simple and reproducible method was developed for preparing reconstituted hydraulic fill sample in the laboratory, that is representative of the hydraulic fill in the mine stope, replicating the slurry sedimentation process taking place in the mine. Constant head and falling head permeability tests were carried out on the samples, giving consistent results. A brick permeameter was developed to study the flow characteristics of the porous barricade bricks under one-dimensional flow, simulating the flow conditions in the mine. Three different methods were used to determine the permeability of the brick and the results showed very good agreement. This is the first rational attempt to measure the permeability of the porous barricade bricks that are used to close the horizontal access drives in the mines, thus retaining the hydraulic fill. The measurements show that the permeability of the barricade brick is about two to three orders of magnitude greater than that of the hydraulic fill.

Keywords

Hydraulic fill barricade brick permeability mine tailings laboratory test 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nagaratnam Sivakugan
    • 1
  • Kirralee Rankine
    • 1
  • Rudd Rankine
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Engineering, Civil & Environmental EngineeringJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia

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