Volume 35, Issue 3 (May 2012)

    Seismic Simulator Testing to Investigate the Cyclic Behavior of Tailings in an Instrumented Rigid Box

    (Received 9 December 2010; accepted 18 October 2011)

    Published Online: 2012

    CODEN: GTJOAD

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    Abstract

    Hard rock mine tailings are prone to liquefaction when subjected to the cyclic loading of earthquakes. This response may cause failure of the retaining dams and the release of liquefied tailings. To investigate the geotechnical response of tailings during cyclic loading, an experimental program was conducted using a physical model consisting of an instrumented, rigid box on a large seismic (shaking) simulator. The main objective of the tests performed on tailings was to assess, in a relative manner, their response to cyclic loads, without and with drainage or rigid inclusions (or a combination of both). As the results obtained during such tests can be significantly influenced by the experimental procedure, a rigorous methodology was followed for this experimental program. This paper presents the details of the methodology developed to conduct such tests, as well as some of the results obtained.


    Author Information:

    Pépin, Nicolas
    Dept. of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Québec,

    Aubertin, Michel
    Industrial NSERC Polytechnique-UQAT Chair, Environment and Mine Wastes Management, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Québec,

    James, Michael
    Dept. of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Québec,

    Leclerc, Martin
    Dept. of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montréal, Québec,


    Stock #: GTJ103691

    ISSN: 0149-6115

    DOI: 10.1520/GTJ103691

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    Title Seismic Simulator Testing to Investigate the Cyclic Behavior of Tailings in an Instrumented Rigid Box
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    Committee D18