Application of process mineralogy as a tool for sustainable processing

Evans, C. L., Wightman, E. M., Manlapig, E. V. and Coulter, B. L. (2011) Application of process mineralogy as a tool for sustainable processing. Minerals Engineering, 24 12: 1242-1248. doi:10.1016/j.mineng.2011.03.017


Author Evans, C. L.
Wightman, E. M.
Manlapig, E. V.
Coulter, B. L.
Title Application of process mineralogy as a tool for sustainable processing
Journal name Minerals Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0892-6875
1872-9444
Publication date 2011-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.mineng.2011.03.017
Volume 24
Issue 12
Start page 1242
End page 1248
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The observed behaviours of mineral particles in mineral processing operations have been exploited in the past to model comminution and concentration processes. In this work this concept has been taken a step further, exploiting the mineralogical characteristics of particles to link comminution, concentration and smelting. This approach is demonstrated using a laboratory-based case study of a Ni-Cu sulphide ore. The case study focused on the effect of shifting energy between the comminution and smelting stages on the overall energy consumption for the metal production process. To model this effect the mineral composition of the particles was linked to the behaviour of the ore particles in the primary grinding, regrinding and flotation stages. This application of process mineralogy provides a methodology to minimise energy use across mineral concentration and smelting processes, an important aspect of sustainable processing. © 2011.
Keyword Ore mineralogy
Comminution
Froth flotation
Liberation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue : Process Mineralogy

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre Publications
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