Dr. Heather Kaminsky is a Research Engineer with Suncor Energy. Her work involves understanding the behaviour of fine clay particles in the fluid fine tailings from Alberta's oil sands open pit mining.
Characterizing the amount of clay in tailings research has been a weak area. Dr. Kaminsky explains the modified Methylene Blue Index method as a reliable technique to get this data.
The details are covered as well the concepts that make this measurement important.
Understanding clays are at the heart of the fluid fine tailings treatment challenge for the Alberta oil sands industry. Dr. Kaminsky makes the case for better measurement.
Dr. Heather Kaminsky's presentation was part of the Oil Sands Tailings 2014 conference, Dec. 8-10, 2014 at Lake Louise, Alberta.