Heap Leach
PROBLEM
There are a myriad of flow issues related to the successful design of a heap leach pad. Some of these issues are: * Is the design of the drainage system adequate for optimal recovery? * What is the time for the heap leach pad to draindown once the operation is finished? * What application of liquor will result in an optimal saturation level in the heap? * What cover design will best allow ultimate closure of a heap leach facility?
SOLUTION
The SVFLUX software package will allow successful modeling of a variety of operations and closure scenarios associated with heap leach pads. Various drainage scenarios may be modeled. The longterm performance of a proposed cover design may be modeled in order to minimize the amount of solution released from the closed heap pad. Preferential flow can be modeled using the spatial variability features in SVFLUX. It is also possible to perform rudimentary modeling of the movement of the liquor solution in the pad when SVFLUX is coupled with the CHEMFLUX software.


Additional Articles

 AACrossSec02 
2D steadystate model of crosssection through AA center of tailings. Line divisions have been added to simulate the application zones.
Model filename: HeapLeach > AACrossSec02.svm
Tags: HeapLeach,SVFLUX,2D,SteadyState,HeapLeach,Heap leach draindown,Mining,Heap leach draindown,Heap Leach
 HeapLeachAPEM_Block 
This model studies the effect of a block failure on a generic heap design with APEM probability method, and a horizontal seismic load coefficient of 0.09.
A probability analysis is used using APEM method and a floating critical slip surface location.
The analysis methods used for this study are: MP (Interslice Force Function  Halfsine), and GLE (Interslice Force Function  Halfsine).
he search method for the critical slip surface is "Block". The block search method allows specification of a slip involving a "block" of soil with two hinge points. Trial slip surfaces are generated by placing a grid of trial vertices at each hinge point. The critical slip surface is considered to be noncircular.
Model filename: Slopes_Group_3 > HeapLeachAPEM_Block.svm
Tags: Slopes_Group_3,Earth structures,SVSLOPE,2D,SteadyState,Probability,Block,Slopes_Group_3,Slope Group 3,Heap leach draindown,Mining,Heap Leach,Infrastructure,Slopes_1/2/3/SAFE
 HeapLeachAPEM_Circular 
This model is an example of a conceptual heap design evaluating a circular slip surface with APEM probability method, and a horizontal seismic load coefficient of 0.09.
A probability analysis is used using APEM method and a floating critical slip surface location.
The analysis methods used for this study are: MP (Interslice Force Function  Halfsine), and GLE (Interslice Force Function  Halfsine).
The search method for the critical slip surface is "Grid and Tangent". The grid and tangent methodology is one of the most common methods of determining the critical circular slip surface. In this methodology, the trial slip surfaces are specified by a grid of centers and a set of lines to which the circular slip surface must be tangent. The critical slip surface is considered to be circular.
Model filename: Slopes_Group_3 > HeapLeachAPEM_Circular.svm
Tags: Slopes_Group_3,Slopes_Group_3,SVSLOPE,2D,SteadyState,Probability,Grid and Tangent,Slope Group 3,Heap leach draindown,Mining,Heap Leach,Infrastructure,Slopes_1/2/3/SAFE,Earth structures
 HeapLeachMonte_Block 
This model examines the application of the Monte Carlo analysis to a block failure of a generic heap leach scenario with pseudostatic loading and a horizontal seismic load coefficient of 0.09.
A probability analysis is used using Monte Carlo method and a floating critical slip surface location.
The analysis method used for this study is: MP (Interslice Force Function  Halfsine).
The search method for the critical slip surface is "Block". The block search method allows specification of a slip involving a "block" of soil with two hinge points. Trial slip surfaces are generated by placing a grid of trial vertices at each hinge point. The critical slip surface is considered to be noncircular.
Model filename: Slopes_Group_3 > HeapLeachMonte_Block.svm
Tags: Slopes_Group_3,Earth structures,Slopes_Group_3,SVSLOPE,2D,SteadyState,Probability,Block,Slope Group 3,Heap leach draindown,Mining,Heap Leach,Infrastructure,Slopes_1/2/3/SAFE
 HeapLeachMonte_Circular 
This model is an example of Monte Carlo analysis evaluating a circular slip surface with pseudostatic loading and a horizontal seismic load coefficient of 0.09.
A probability analysis is used using Monte Carlo method and a floating critical slip surface location.
The analysis method used for this study is: MP (Interslice Force Function  Halfsine).
The search method for the critical slip surface is "Grid and Tangent". The grid and tangent methodology is one of the most common methods of determining the critical circular slip surface. In this methodology, the trial slip surfaces are specified by a grid of centers and a set of lines to which the circular slip surface must be tangent. The critical slip surface is considered to be circular.
Model filename: Slopes_Group_3 > HeapLeachMonte_Circular.svm
Tags: Slopes_Group_3,SVSLOPE,2D,SteadyState,Probability,Grid and Tangent,Slope Group 3,Heap leach draindown,Mining,Heap Leach,Infrastructure,Slopes_1/2/3/SAFE,Slopes_Group_3,Earth structures
 HeapOverlinerFlowSS 
Simple example of homogeneous flow with an overliner.
Model filename: HeapLeach > HeapOverlinerFlowSS.svm
Tags: HeapLeach,SVFLUX,2D,SteadyState,Heap leach draindown,Mining,Heap leach draindown,HeapLeach,Heap Leach
 LayeredHeapSS 
Increasing ksat with depth.
Model filename: HeapLeach > LayeredHeapSS.svm
Tags: HeapLeach,SVFLUX,2D,SteadyState,Mining,HeapLeach,Heap leach draindown,Heap leach draindown,Heap Leach
 PoreClogging 
Represents the effect of pore clogging on the overall flow regime.
Model filename: HeapLeach > PoreClogging.svm
Tags: HeapLeach,SVFLUX,2D,SteadyState,HeapLeach,Heap leach draindown,Mining,Heap leach draindown,Heap Leach
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