Data obtained from pumping and laboratory tests conducted in test loop facilities at the Colorado School of Mines Research Institute are used to develop a hypothetical case for transporting 1.5 million tons/yr of phosphate rock as a water slurry through a 20 mi long 8 in. dia pipeline from mine to plant. The example demonstrates that a hydraulic transport system is capital intensive and must be operated near design capacity for low unit costs, but that even on a haul as short as 20 miles it can be highly competitive with other transport methods. Theory of solids transport, the design of a slurry system and problems of scaling up from laboratory data, pumps, tanks, operating considerations such as pipe wear due to erosion, and economic evaluation are discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    American Institute of Mining, Mettalurgy & Petroleum Engineers

    345 East 47th Street
    New York, NY  United States  10017
  • Authors:
    • Link, J M
  • Publication Date: 1972-11

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 35-40
  • Serial:
    • Mining Engineering
    • Volume: 24
    • Issue Number: 11
    • Publisher: American Institute of Mining, Mettalurgy & Petroleum Engineers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00056223
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Petroleum Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM