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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6157869, 7 pages
Research Article

Utilization of Foaming Technology in Cemented Paste Backfill of High-Mud Superfine Unclassified Tailings

1School of Resources and Safety Engineering, Central South University, Changsha 410083, China
2State Key Laboratory of Coal Mine Disaster Dynamics and Control, College of Resources and Environmental Science, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400030, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Shuai Li; moc.361@02462800251

Received 13 June 2017; Accepted 6 September 2017; Published 10 October 2017

Academic Editor: Marino Lavorgna

Copyright © 2017 Jian-wen Zhao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Due to high-mud content in superfine unclassified tailings (SUT), the viscosity of cemented paste backfill (CPB) is high and its pipeline transportation properties are poor. Foaming technology was introduced to prepare a new three-phase flow backfill (TFB) using a foaming machine. Then the rheological parameters of TFB with different bubble ratio were measured and their pipeline transportation properties were simulated by Fluent. Besides, the simulation results were further verified by a semi-industrial loop test. The results indicate that the optimum ratio of TFB is a cement-sand ratio of 1 : 8, mass concentration of 70%, and bubble ratio of 20%. Compared with CPB, the decrease of bleeding rate, viscosity, and resistance loss of TFB is 27%, 25%, and 30%, respectively. Therefore, foaming technology is an innovative and feasible solution for high-mud CPB in reducing viscosity, decreasing resistance loss, and improving pipeline transporting efficiency.