Micropore structure of cement-stabilized gold mine tailings

Joon Kyu Lee, Julie Q. Shang

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Mine tailings have often to be stabilized by mixing them with cementing agents. In this study, the pore structure of gold tailings stabilized with Portland cement was evaluated by means of mercury intrusion porosimetry. The investigation was conducted on samples prepared with different fractions of tailings and cement as well as on samples activated with elevated temperature curing and chemical (CaCl2 ) addition. It was observed that all mixed samples exhibit a mono-modal pore size distribution, indicating that the cement-stabilized tailings are characterized by a single-porosity structure. The results also showed that the higher fraction of tailings and cement leads to a dense and finer pore structure. The total porosity of mixture samples decreases with increasing curing temperature and CaCl2 concentration due to the acceleration of hydration reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number96
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2 Mar 2018


  • Activation
  • Cement
  • Mercury intrusion porosimetry
  • Microstructure
  • Tailings


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