The influence of material structure on the performance of red mud

T. A. Newson, T. D. Dyer, C. Adam

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    This paper describes a laboratory programme to investigate the mechanical and chemical properties of bauxite residue (red mud) at a site in the United Kingdom that has operated for approximately 40 years. The site has been recently decommissioned and has been considered for future construction activity. Based on the suite of mechanical tests conducted on the red mud on this site, the material has compression behaviour similar to clayey soils and appears to be "structured" and has features consistent with sensitive clay soils. Chemical testing suggests that the agent causing the cementation/aggregation of particles is sodalite and that the bonds are reasonably strong and stable during loading.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTailings and mine waste '03
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the tenth international conference on tailings and mine waste
    Place of PublicationLisse, Netherlands
    PublisherA. A. Balkema Publishers
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)9058095932
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    Event10th International Conference on Tailings and Mine Waste - Vail, Colorado, United States
    Duration: 12 Oct 200315 Oct 2003


    Conference10th International Conference on Tailings and Mine Waste
    CountryUnited States
    CityVail, Colorado

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