New minerals processing R&D

THE CSIRO has released its latest issue of Process magazine covering the latest research in minerals processing technology and projects.

THE CSIRO has released its latest issue of Process magazine covering the latest research in minerals processing technology and projects.

To download a pdf of The CSIRO Minerals’ Process magazine, October 2007, visit: www.csiro.au/files/files/pgqb.pdf.

Feature articles in this issue are as follows:

MODELLING SHOWS NO MISSION IS IMPOSSIBLE: complex modelling work completed by CSIRO has helped identify and solve flow distribution problems as BP’s Bulwer Island refinery, saving the company millions of dollars in operating costs.

INSIGHT BRINGS BENEFITS computational fluid dynamics and physical modelling are allowing researchers to visualise what is happening inside industrial mixer-settlers and to experiment with potential improvements without interrupting production.

SLOTS PAY OUT FOR ALUMINIUM PRODUCTION: research into slot design within aluminium reduction cells could result in substantial energy savings.

IN-DEPTH INSIGHT TO IMPROVE MILL DESIGN: a novel program that models the behaviour of rocks within crushing and grinding mills is helping to improve energy efficiency and could accelerate the development of new comminution machinery.

MEETING OF MODELS HELPS REDUCE TOXIC WASTE: combining a flowsheet model with a thermodynamics computer package has allowed researchers to identify a method for reducing cyanide discharge during gold processing, with the added benefits of reducing reagent consumption and water usage.

STAINLESS STEEL’S LOAD LIGHTENED: life cycle assessment of different processes used to produce feed stocks for stainless steel production has identified substantial differences in embodied energy requirements.

OTHER STORIES INCLUDE:

· Finding the flaw in the flow

· Smoothing the copper electrowinning process

· Retrofit lifts slurry tank performance

· New flowsheet brings battery recycling a step closer

· Crystal gazing brings potential

· A hot model for Bayer process simulation

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