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Pumping Applications in the Mining Industry

Learn about the various pumping applications within the mining industry and how DAE Pump can help solve challenges of the industry.
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Mining Pump Applications

One of the most visible aspects of the mining industry are mine tailings or mine dumps. It is necessary to displace mine tailings to a location offsite of the mining operation so that it does not pile up and hinder the mining process. Pumping these high solid slurries can wreak havoc on traditional centrifugal pumps, causing them to lose suction and efficiency. By using a slurry pump, you can ensure a longer pump life, and less maintenance ensure the operation is uninterrupted.

Common Mining Applications

  • Mineral slurry transfer
  • Dewatering
  • Explosives
  • Back filling applications
  • Yellow cake
  • Gland seal water
  • Chemical metering
  • Leachates
  • Thickener underflow pumps
  • Wastewater processing
Mining Pump Applications

Mineral Slurry Transfer

slurry-transfer-pump

Often times, the most efficient way to clean up unwanted material from mining is to form it into a slurry and pump it away somewhere offsite for disposal.

Pump Applications: Slurry Pump

Mine Dewatering

mine dewatering

Dewatering refers to the removal of water that may accumulate within a mine either as part of the mining process, or underground water has entered the mine and flooded it.

Pump Applications: Slurry Pump, Mine Dewatering Pump

Back Filling Applications

backill-mine-pump

When a mine is decommissioned, back filling can occur which will help fill the voids left by the miners using mine tailings and other debris in an effort to improve the integrity of the surface ground.

Pump Applications: Slurry Pump

Thickener Underflow Pumps

thickener underflow pump

Abrasive and high-solids slurry mixtures are very common when dealing with thickener underflow pumps. Therefor, you need a very durable pump capable of high viscosity and solids pumping performance.

Pump Applications: Slurry Pump

Leachates

leachates pumping

During the course of mining, sometimes liquid can pass through the mine and dissolve environmentally harmful substances that could enter the environment. This contaminated water is typically called leachate and must be removed to lined ponds and processed.

Pump Applications:Centrifugal Pumps and Slurry Pumps

Wastewater Processing

wastewater pumping

Wastewater processing is needed to remove wastewater from the mining areas and dispose the water in a location for further processing.

Pump Applications: Centrifugal Pump

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Our Mining Pump Benefits

  • Provides an environmentally superior dredging method to meet strict water quality standards.
  • Very little turbidity or re-suspension of sediments at the suction head.
  • Capable of high production rates. Comparable to much larger conventional suction dredges.
  • Capable of passing large volumes of woody debris and other foreign material in sediments without clogging.
  • High slurry density minimizes the volume of effluent to be treated and disposed of upland deposition of sediments.
  • The capability of the technology to pump dense slurries long distances provides a pipeline alternative for transporting sediment to distant disposal sites.
  • Following solution of initial start-up problems, the prototype dredge proved capable of sustained reliable operation.
  • The discharge of sediment slurry into the water column resulted in low levels of turbidity and TSS, well within the limits of stringent water quality standards, without the use of a sediment containment curtain.

Types of Mining Pumps

  • Centrifugal Pumps
  • Submersible Pumps
  • Dewatering Pumps
  • Process Pumps
  • Slurry Pumps
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