The use of stage curves in the design and operation of tailings impoundments

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 76, No. 850, 1983

JACK A. CALDWELL, Steffen Robertson and Kirsten (B.C.) Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia

This paper describes the nature of stage curves and the ways in which they have been used to study the construction sequencing of tailings impoundments. They provide a simple graphical method of representing the main aspects of an impoundment, studying the effects of different impoundment geometries, and predicting and controlling impoundment operations.
Mots Clés: Environmental control, Stage curves, Dams, Tailings dams, Elevation-capacity curves, Production rate curves, Rate-of-rise curves.