Tailings storage facilities (TSFs) dust control using biocompatible polymers

Junhyeok Park, Kwangmin Kim, Taehee Lee, Minkyu Kim

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Mine tailings storage facilities (TSFs) can be a significant source of fine, respirable dust. About 25 percent of the mass fraction of tailings from a hard-rock mine consists of particles of a respirable size (smaller than 10 μm) [1]. This dust poses concerns, especially for nearby communities, because of its detrimental impact on respiratory health. Respirable tailings dust, primarily composed of quartz or free silica (SiO2), may cause silicosis, chronic pulmonary disease, bronchitis, collagen vascular diseases, and chronic granulomatous infections [2].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationMining Engineering
StatePublished - 2019


  • Biocompatible polymer
  • Desiccation crack
  • Dust control
  • Particulate matter (PM)
  • Tailings beach
  • Tailings storage facility (TSF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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