"A laboratory study was conducted to find the effect of gravel cover on the mitigation of wind erosion of lead mine tailings dams. The experiments were conducted in a wind tunnel on geometrically scaled models of tailings dams.
Continuous gravel covers to the extent of 20%, 40% and 60% of the length of the slope were provided on the model embankments. The experiments were conducted on embankments with three different slopes (3:1, 4:1 and 5:1). The threshold velocities for the onset of erosion and the location of initiation of erosion was recorded in all cases.
It was found that the threshold velocities increased with increasing percentage of gravel cover for any given slope. However, between different slopes, beyond certain percentages of gravel cover, the threshold velocities varied depending on the slope angle. The effect of slope has been discussed.
Because of increase in threshold velocities, wind erosion can effectively be controlled by providing sufficient amount of gravel cover. Recommendations were made for determining the percentage of gravel cover to be provided on a particular tailings dam, based on the test results and the available wind data"--Abstract, page iii.
Stephenson, Richard Wesley
Stevens, M. Merrill
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
M.S. in Civil Engineering
University of Missouri--Rolla
viii, 35 pages
© 1996 Narasimham Venkata Rachakonda, All rights reserved.
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Tailings dams -- Missouri -- Design and construction
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Rachakonda, Narasimham Venkata, "Mitigation of wind erosion of lead mine tailings dams in Missouri -- Laboratory study of a solution" (1996). Masters Theses. 1514.
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