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Humidity cell tests for the prediction of acid rock drainage

Sapsford, Devin James ORCID:, Bowell, R. J., Dey, M. and Williams, Keith Philip 2009. Humidity cell tests for the prediction of acid rock drainage. Minerals Engineering 22 (1) , pp. 25-36. 10.1016/j.mineng.2008.03.008

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This paper presents a study of various geochemical humidity-style weathering tests that were carried out on waste mine rock from Avoca, County Wicklow, Ireland. The aim of this paper is to present data that demonstrate some of the geochemical controls on weathering rates together with release rates from laboratory testwork. These data are used to determine the applicability of various interpretations of humidity cell data for prediction of acid rock drainage. Furthermore, within this context the paper offers opinion on common questions related to the use of such tests: should humidity cells be aerated? How long should the test be run for? Is pre-treatment of the samples required? Is inoculation of the samples with iron and sulfur oxidising microbes required? And should these tests really be considered to be accelerated weathering tests?

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acid rock drainage; Sulfide ores; Pollution; Environmental; Oxidation
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0892-6875
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 16 August 2016
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 15:38

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