Heat as a natural, low-cost tracer in mine water systems: the attenuation and retardation of thermal signals in a reducing and alkalinity producing treatment system (RAPS)

Taylor, K., Banks, D. and Watson, I. (2016) Heat as a natural, low-cost tracer in mine water systems: the attenuation and retardation of thermal signals in a reducing and alkalinity producing treatment system (RAPS). International Journal of Coal Geology, 164, pp. 48-57. (doi:10.1016/j.coal.2016.03.013)

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Abstract

A combined chemical and thermal tracer test has been attempted, using iced water and sodium chloride, in the compost and limestone Tan-y-Garn Reducing and Alkalinity Producing System (RAPS), designed to treat iron-rich net acidic mine water in South Wales, UK. The applied thermal signal was, however, inadequate to produce a temperature anomaly in the output water, being overwhelmed by the summer solar/atmospheric daytime heat input to the lagoon. Nevertheless, natural diurnal temperature signals could be discerned in the outlet water, being retarded relative to the input signal. Thermal retardation could be calculated as approximately 2.3 to 2.9, and various estimates of the RAPS bulk volumetric heat capacity tend to fall between 2 and 3 MJ m-3 K-1. The natural diurnal thermal signal potentially provides a low cost substitute for artificial tracers in estimating RAPS retention times.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Tracer test; mine water; RAPS; thermal retardation; heat transport
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Banks, Mr David
Authors: Taylor, K., Banks, D., and Watson, I.
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
Q Science > QE Geology
T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:International Journal of Coal Geology
Publisher:Elsevier B.V.
ISSN:0166-5162
ISSN (Online):1872-7840
Published Online:25 March 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier
First Published:First published in International Journal of Coal Geology 164: 48-57
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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