By Peter Goosen | Director at Paterson & Cooke

Paterson & Cooke (P&C), Cape Town, together with The Southern African Society of Rheology (SASOR) recently co-hosted a technical talk and a visit to the P&C office and laboratory. We had a great turnout. Mostly students from the local Universities attended. The event provided insight into how knowledge of complex fluid flow behaviour is applied in the mining industry, in particular in the design of slurry pipeline systems

I presented an “Introduction to the Mining Industry and Rheology”. Mike Fehrsen (Engineering Manager) gave a background introduction to Paterson & Cooke as a company after which James Wickens (Laboratory Manager) made sure that everyone went through a safety induction before they were allowed into the laboratory area.

P&C laboratory staff, Brian Zengeni and Willie Sauls demonstrated how laboratory scale testing, such as bench scale rheological measurements and solid-liquid separation tests informs the design of pipeline systems used to transport large volumes of materials in the mining industry.

Finally, Julian Rusconi (Senior Engineer) presented a Slurry Pipeline Project Case Study on the 187 km OCP pipeline in Morocco showing how it all comes together.

The evening ended with a question and answer session and light refreshments. The event was a great success and there will probably be more of these in the future.