1. Supply of raw materials from exploration and mining
We have experience in hydrogeological and hydrogeochemical aspects of mining activities, acid mine drainage, hydrological and hydrogeochemical modeling, acid drainage in mine pit lakes and mining dumps. We seek partners for an innovative Project on integrated assessment of sustainable raw material extraction with decision-support numerical tools.
The University of A Coruña, UDC, is one of the three universities of the Galice (Spain). UDC has 45 departments, 7 Institutes, offers 27 masters, 41 doctoral programs and hosts spin-off incubators and technological parks. The group of Hydrology at the Civil Engineering School led by Prof. Javier Samper was created in 1993 and since then it has been involved in R&D Projects of the EURATOM Program funded by the European Commission. The Hydrology group at the Civil Engineering School of the University of A Coruña has a strong background and experience on the development and application of numerical models for coupled water flow, heat and multicomponent reactive transport through porous media taking into account the role of microbial processes. Highly sophisticated numerical tools have been developed for the transport of multicomponent reactive chemical and microbial systems under transient, saturated or unsaturated, single or multi-phase nonisothermal flow conditions. The group has developed and tested several powerful computer codes including CORE, INVERSE-CORE and INVERSE-FADES-CORE. These models have been applied to underground research laboratories, mining activities in As Pontes mine, As Pontes pit lake and Andújar uranium mill tailing piles. This work has been published in technical reports, international conference papers and in more than 60 papers published in journals listed in the prestigious Journal of Citation Reports. UDC has maintained a strong collaboration with companies such as ENRESA, ENDESA, EMGRISA and Research Laboratories such as PSI (Switzerland) and CIEMAT.