Characterization of Green Liquor Dregs, Potentially Useful for Prevention of the Formation of Acid Rock Drainage
2014 (English)In: Minerals, ISSN 2075-163X, E-ISSN 2075-163X, Vol. 4, no 2, 330-344 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Using alternative materials such as residual products from other industries to mitigate the negative effects of acid rock drainage would simultaneously solve two environmental problems. The main residual product still landfilled by sulphate paper mills is the alkaline material green liquor dregs (GLD). A physical, mineralogical and chemical characterization of four batches of GLD was carried out to evaluate the potential to use it as a sealing layer in the construction of dry covers on sulphide-bearing mine waste. GLD has relatively low hydraulic conductivity (10−8 to 10−9 m/s), a high water retention capacity (WRC) and small particle size. Whilst the chemical and mineralogical composition varied between the different batches, these variations were not reflected in properties such as hydraulic conductivity and WRC. Due to relatively low trace element concentrations, leaching of contaminants from the GLD is not a concern for the environment. However, GLD is a sticky material, difficult to apply on mine waste deposits and the shear strength is insufficient for engineering applications. Therefore, improving the mechanical properties is necessary. In addition, GLD has a high buffering capacity indicating that it could act as an alkaline barrier. Once engineering technicalities have been overcome, the long-term effectiveness of GLD should be studied, especially the effect of aging and how the sealing layer would be engineered in respect to topography and climatic conditions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 4, no 2, 330-344 p.
Research subject Applied Geology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-2713DOI: 10.3390/min4020330Local ID: 0640064c-7f7b-4a8c-bc28-dedee872b63aOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-2713DiVA: diva2:975566
Validerad; 2014; 20140424 (makmar)2016-09-292016-09-29Bibliographically approved