Coal

Understanding and Predicting the Dynamic Behavior of Mine Tailings Dam Materials

Sponsor name: 
National Science Foundation
UK Department: 
Civil Engineering
Duration: 
10/01/2005 - 09/30/2010

Tailings dams are constructed to contain waste materials produced as a result of mining activities. Approximately one-third of the 1,555 tailings structures in the United States are high-hazard potential, where failure would result in loss of human life. Over the past 40 years, approximately 15 tailings dams have failed worldwide as a result of liquefaction of fine refuse due to earthquake shaking.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Michael Kalinski, mekali2@uky.edu

Coal Mining Impacts on Soil Carbon Storage and Impacts in Appalachian Headwater Streams: A Research Experience for Undergraduates

Sponsor name: 
National Science Foundation
UK Department: 
Civil Engineering
Duration: 
08/15/2008 - 07/31/2011

Through an integrated program of classroom, field, and laboratory experiences, REU participants will study biogeochemical cycles and their influence on ecosystem dynamics over time by examining carbon cycling and storage in soils and sediments in headwater watersheds.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
James Fox, jffox2@uky.edu

The Messy Politics of Clean Coal, Contested Energy Alternatives in the Appalachian Coalfields

Sponsor name: 
National Science Foundation
UK Department: 
Appalachian Center
Duration: 
03/01/2009 - 02/28/2011

This project examines Appalachia’s carbon problem, and specifically focuses on how “clean coal” technologies have been debated and contested in the region as a possible solution to this problem.

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Dwight Billings, billing@email.uky.edu

CAER Regional Representitives

Sponsor name: 
KY Energy and Environment Cabinet
UK Department: 
Center for Applied Energy Research
Duration: 
07/01/2009 - 06/30/2011

Abstract: Unavailable

Please contact the following individual if you have any questions about this project: 
Rodney Andrews, rodney.andrews@uky.edu