Dust-Tech | Dust Supression

Nano-Technology

Dust-Tech, essentially is a liquid plastic. The polymer  has been developed with a particle size of 1 μm (one  micron). That is one-thousandth of a millimeter (0.001mm).

The minute size of the particles allows greater  penetration into the soil. The very sticky Dust-Tech  liquid polymer is surrounded with stabilizing agents to  keep the product from sticking together while in it’s  packaging. Once the product is mixed with water and  applied over the ground an evaporation process of the  stabilizing agents takes place, leaving the Dust-Tech polymer to bind with the soil particles.

Application

It is important to test the materials that the product will  be applied on. Typically, when treating tailing dam  materials/roads for dust stabilization, one would mix Dust - Tech and water and apply the diluted mixture at 1  litre per m².

The less diluted the application of Dust -Tech polymer, the stronger and longer lasting the solution  will be. Dust -Tech, being a liquid plastic will bind the top 5 to 10mm of the tailing material. It is  recommended that the product be applied in a fairly diluted format and then subjected to the  environmental challenges facing the mine. One can easily apply a second or third mix of Dust -Tech to strengthen the bond, until the right economical / performance criteria are met.

Performance Warranty

Warranty is subject to:

  1. The mine’s environmental requirements
  2. Longevity requirements
  3. Testing of the materials to be treated with Dust-Tech polymer
  4. Determining  the application rates in accordance
  5. Performance warranty can be guaranteed from 3- months to 30 years, subject to customer requirements and budgets

Benefits of Dust-Tech

  • Control Dust – keep employees healthy
  • Open road to traffic immediately after applying Dust-Tech
  • Stabilize dirt/sand roads and prevent them from becoming slippery when wet
  • Improve productivity through better roads
  • Cost effective
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Easy application
  • Long life storage
  • Non-flammable

Typical Dust-Tech Applications

  • Mine Haul Roads = Stabilization and dust-suppression of mine haul roads. Mines have a variety of roads. Some are haul roads, some are pit-roads and some are general roads. Not all roads are treated the same. The heavier duty roads and roads that are critical to product, need to be stabilized to allow operations to continue in rainy weather.
  • Water Consumption Reduction = dramatically reduce the water consumption for road maintenance. Dust-Tech is an elastomer and binds the top 10 – 15mm of the base=layer. As regular Dust-Tech applications are applied, the soil eventually becomes saturated and applications become more infrequently.
  • Tailings – stabilize loose materials on tailings. Prevent wind and water erosion. The top 10-15mm of the tailing is bound and forms a strong crust
  • Solar Panel Farms – bind loose materials under the solar panels and minimize dust deposits on the panels
  • Heli-Pads – stabilize the landing area of helicopters

Tailings – Water Reduction

Mines are wasting millions of litres of water per annum with continuous water spraying of tailings to reduce dust.

Reduction in operation maintenance expenditure is always of high importance for mining operations.

Dust Tech polymer concentrate from MultiSeal Systems is mixed with water and is applied at approximately one litre of diluted mix per m². This solution is cost effective and semi permanent. Normally, Dust Tech is clear in colour. However a colourant may be added to the product for several reasons:

  • To easily mark and monitor tailing areas that have been treated with Dust-Tech
  • To create a green environmentally friendly looking tailing
  • To easily identify areas that may have beendamaged. These areas will show the naturalcolours of the tailing material
  • Solar Panel Farms – bind loose materials under the solar panels and minimize dust deposits on the panels
  • Heli Pads – stabilize the landing area of helicopters

Benefits of Dust-Tech, Dust Palliative

  • One application lasts up to two years
  • A strong “skin” of two to three millimeters will be formed
  • No more daily water spraying is required
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Cost Effective

Unlike some opposition products, Dust-Tech is environmentally friendly and skid-proof when wet.

How Dust-Tech Works

Dust-Tech is a scientifically advanced copolymer specifically formulated to control dust emissions. The nano-polymer particles penetrate the top five mm or so, of the road (subject to the road density). It works by saturating, penetrating andbonding dust and aggregate particles together, creating a durable surface that acts as an excellent dust suppressant.

The product will be diluted and applied as per user requirements.

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The Problem with Many Dust Control Alternatives

  • Water can be an effective short term solution, but when themoisture dries, it leaves the soil more fragile creating evenmore dust
  • Oil-based emulsions continually percolate and leach through the soil, never binding with the road bed particles to stabilize the surface.
  • Most asphaltic materials create a thin top layer which is easilypicked up and tracked by heavy equipment, leading to surfacedeterioration in the form of ruts, washboards and potholes