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Development of a geometallurgical framework to quantify mineral textures for process prediction
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering.
LKAB, Research & Development, 983 81 Malmberget.
2015 (English)In: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 82, p. 61-77Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A geometallurgical framework was developed in three steps using the Malmberget iron ore deposit, northern Sweden, as a case study. It is based on a mineralogical-particle approach which means that the mineralogical information is the main focus. Firstly, the geological model describes quantitatively the variation in modal composition and mineral textures within the ore body. Traditional geological textural descriptions are qualitative and therefore a quantitative method that distinguishes different mineral textures that can be categorised into textural archetypes was developed.The second step of the geometallurgical framework is a particle breakage model which forecasts how ore will break in comminution and which kind of particles will be generated. A simple algorithm was developed to estimate the liberation distribution for the progenies of each textural archetype. The model enables numerical prediction of the liberation spectrum as modal mineralogy varies. The third step includes a process model describing quantitatively how particles with varying particle size and composition behave in each unit process stage. As a whole the geometallurgical framework considers the geological model in terms of modal composition and textural type. The particle breakage model forecasts the liberation distribution of the corresponding feed to the concentration process and the process model returns the metallurgical response in terms of product quality (grade) and efficacy (recovery).

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2015. Vol. 82, p. 61-77
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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
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Mineral Processing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-32547DOI: 10.1016/j.mineng.2015.04.004Local ID: 711b632c-8498-4fd1-add3-74ffcfde9ccfOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-32547DiVA, id: diva2:1005781
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Process Mineralogy : 17/11/2014 - 19/11/2014
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Validerad; 2015; Nivå 1; 20150507 (andbra); Konferensartikel i tidskriftAvailable from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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