The Australian Centre for Geomechanics was formally established in 1992 as a University of Western Australia research centre in order to promote research excellence and continuing
education in geomechanics, with particular emphasis on its application to the mineral and energy extraction sections of the resource industry. The ACG is an unincorporated Joint Venture involving: CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering, Australia and The University of Western Australia — School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, Australia.
The Centre draws together its staff knowledge and experiences with the expertise within the two groups forming the Centre and facilitates a multi-disciplinary approach to research and education in geomechanics. Research undertaken by the ACG attracts global support and the outcomes of the projects are utilized to promote safer mining and environmental geomechanics practices, operating efficiencies and to meeting community expectations for sustainable mining practices.
Paste and thickened tailings technology (P&TT) is increasingly being adopted in operations around the world to improve the stability and safety of tailings storage facilities and to minimize the potential for environmental impact. The ACG is the leading provider of P&TT education and technology for the mining industry. This is through its series of international seminars on P&TT and resultant proceedings, state-of-the-art publications and industry sponsored tailings mine worker training DVD.
Following on from the first edition released in 2002 and the second in 2006, the ACG was delighted to release the third edition of ‘Paste and Thickened Tailings – A Guide’ in 2015. The revised edition features the significant advances made in the field since 2006 and includes a number of new chapters on evolving technologies, such as filtering and post thickener polymer injection, as well as different thickening techniques. These guidelines are such a highly valued and relevant reference for all those working in the mining industry having responsibilities in P&TT.
More at http://www.acg.uwa.edu.au/
Research Center of Paste Backfill and Mining, USTB
The Research Center of Paste Backfill and Mining was founded in December, 2012 under the permission of the University of Science and Technology Beijing. The
center takes full advantages of research and talents from Civil and Environmental Engineering School and Key Laboratory of High-Efficient Mining and Safety of Metal Mine, Ministry of Education in USTB.
In recent years, the center has been devoted to dozens of research projects relating to paste backfill mining, whereby the National Key Technology Support Program is highlighted. Considerable research findings are achieved in some important fields. These fields include backfill mechanism, mechanics of granular media of backfill materials, hydromechanics of pipeline transportation, dewatering of tailings and preparation of paste, synthesis technique of green mining. A number of invention patents are authorized, and more than 100 papers are published. Our talents comprise about ten professors, including one Yangtze River Scholar, one winner of the National Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars, three winners of Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University of Ministry of Education, and one winner of National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Award. For the past 10 years, our research team has received four national awards, five ministerial or provincial-level awards. Among the awards, there are one outstanding award, one top prize and three second prizes.
The center supports the following research conditions: static sedimentation experiment of tailings, dynamic sedimentation and thickening experiment, flowability tests, physical and mechanical property test, mechanical experiment of shear and compressive strength, rheological experiment, friction loss test, etc. We are expert in technology research and development, project consulting and assessing, engineering design and equipment selection.
More at http://pbm.ustb.edu.cn/