Short-term dewatering of treated oil sand fine tailings
The appropriate management of oil sand tailings requires a reduced environmental footprint of the waste containment facilities. This study models the short-term dewatering behavior of a 10 m deep deposit.
Results indicated that inherent material properties along with hydraulic boundary conditions govern the rate and amount of consolidation.
The process alone is not sufficient for meaningful tailings dewatering in one year and must be augmented by other methods to further improve the tailings disposal scheme.