E3S Web Conf.
Volume 18, 2017Mineral Engineering Conference MEC2017
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Published online||04 October 2017|
Testing the possibility of leaching salt debris obtained from underground excavations
Faculty of Mining and Geology, Silesian University of Technology Gliwice, Poland
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For many years, the Salt Mine in Bochnia has conducted the extraction and restructuring of underground working to obtain new touristic routes. The works generate a large amount of rock salt material, colloquially called “salt debris”, containing a large part of silty minerals. Due to the large concentration of NaCl which constitutes a threat to the environment, the salt debris may only be stored at hazardous material dumps. This is why the mine works towards the industrial use of the material. Currently, the debris is used to produce a stabilizing backfill mixture that is used for filling the liquidated “Moszczenica” shaft. The liquidation shall be completed in the beginning of 2018 and to continue the management of the salt debris, the mine plans to leach it in a newly constructed system and the saturated brine obtained in the process shall be introduced to underground workings. The paper presents the results of semi-industrial tests of leaching intensity of salt debris, depending on the graining and the time taken by the process. The tests were conducted for three grain classes of the salt debris (0-6, 0-10 and 0-20 mm), at a temperature of 15 °C. The kinetic models of the process has been presented for the obtained results. The obtained results shall be used for the optimization of the operation of the future industrial system and shall be treated as input data for the automation control system.
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