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Rock fracture stimulation using a slow energy releasing fracturing compound for permeability enhanced in-situ leaching

posted on 2019-12-02, 22:24 authored by RADHIKA SHEHAN VIDANAGE DE SILVA
Declining ore grades and increasing demand is stressing the mining industry and are making conventional mining increasingly uneconomic. In-situ leaching (ISL) is an alternative mining technology, which could potentially lower the carbon footprint and the cost of conventional mines. However, ISL is limited by the permeability of the mineral-bearing rock. This thesis develops a non-explosive rock fracturing compound for permeability enhanced ISL of mineral-bearing rock.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Ranjith Pathegama Gamage

Additional supervisor 1

Samintha Perera

Additional supervisor 2

Bisheng Wu

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Civil Engineering


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Engineering