Solutions for leakage detection in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Tailings pipes

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Solutions for leakage detection in High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Tailings pipes

25 Jul 2018, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Mackay Showgrounds

Undetected pipeline leakage is one of the most environmentally and financially damaging risks to any operation. Undetected leaks result in a loss of product, environmental damage, fines, infrastructure damage and potential safety risks. Careful construction, quality engineering and good management practices all delay the inevitable – every pipeline leaks eventually.

No matter what you mine or what material you process, waste disposal will always be a significant aspect of your operation. The tailings by-product of mineral or coal processing is part and parcel of the refinement process. Often it is possible to use old workings and pits as a final resting place for tailings, other times specific structures like tailings dams (the largest engineered structures on earth) are constructed and are used as a location of final storage of tailings.
Depending on location and the mineralogy of the operation, tailings often pose a large amount of risk to all stake holders in an operation, not only due to the repercussions of tailings dam failures, but to the potentially toxic nature of the tailings themselves. All parts of a tailings distribution and management system need to be monitored so that they do not have a negative impact on production, infrastructure, equipment, personnel, land owners or the environment.

Until now, traditional visual inspection methods or inaccurate mass balance instruments have been used to determine pipeline condition; however, with the advances in modern computing and laser technology, Fibre Optic Sensing (FOS) systems provide an economical way to fully automate this process without the need for any services in the field.

This technology not only detects problems where and as they occur in real time but can also be configured to detect and alarm to activities known to trigger pipeline leakage and thereby allow preventative measures to be taken.


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  • Les Richards




    Les Richards is the owner and CEO of the Hawk Measurement Systems (HAWK) Australia, an Australian Small Manufacturing Enterprise. Les also holds the...

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