MANAGEMENT

Increasing tailings-pump reliability

John Baills of AESSEAL Australia looks at how the use of double mechanical seals and water-management systems can increase reliability and save millions of litres of water per pump, per year

John Baills
A typical mining slurry pump, showing the safety hazard and wastewater when the pump is gland packed

A typical mining slurry pump, showing the safety hazard and wastewater when the pump is gland packed

In the mining industry, pumping tailings, which mainly consist of ground rock and process effluents, present a number of challenges for engineers. Until relatively recently, gland packing was generally...

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