pipe flow technology centre
November 12, 2020
In celebration of the Pipe Flow Technology Centre's 60th Anniversary, we're diving back in time to share the people, the projects and technologies that have, over the past six decades, helped mining and other resource developers study their slurries and test processes for safe, cost-effective extraction, transport and processing. Read on.
October 30, 2019
Understanding what goes on inside a slurry pipeline is a complex matter. SRC's Gamma Ray Tomography unit uses multiple gamma-ray sources and sensors to produce real-time images of the density of the pipeline contents at top-notch speeds.
June 25, 2019
Oil pipelines are a transport mechanism to get a vital resource from its origin to its users. In the case of oil, it is helpful to know a bit about its origins too, in Canada and more broadly. Take a trip back in time.
November 21, 2018
When people think of pipelines, they often associate them with the oil and gas industry. But pipelines have a broader use beyond this industry, and the technology is not new. In fact, there is a long history of societies using pipelines to provide transportation to fill a variety of important needs. Learn how pipelines developed and their role in modern day living.
April 14, 2015
A new joint study by members of Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) looks at how slurry pipelines behave while operating in laminar flow. The results of the study will lay the foundation for developing a reliable model for laminar operation of slurry pipelines that could be used to design pipelines that can effectively transport thickened tailings.
December 22, 2014
When SRC moved its Pipe Flow Technology Centre, it lost the capability to test volatile materials. Industry need, combined with the Centre's expertise, attracted funding to expand the existing facility. The new pipe loop will allow industry to test their volatile materials to generate reliable data for pipeline design.
August 06, 2014
In mining and oil sands, one of the biggest challenges faced by operators is dealing with slurries – complex mixtures of solids and liquids – which need to be sent via pipeline for processing, treatment and environmentally-safe disposal.
September 05, 2013
Every mining and mineral processing industry requires the transport of slurries somewhere in their process. However, slurry transport theory and design are topics not adequately covered by undergraduate engineering fluid mechanics courses.