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  • 51.
    Tranvik, Elin
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi. Minerals to Metals Initiative, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, South Africa.
    Becker, Megan
    Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Franzidis, Jean-Paul
    Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
    Bradshaw, Dee J.
    Chemical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
    Towards cleaner production: Using flotation to recover monazite from a heavy mineral sands zircon waste stream2017Ingår i: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 101, s. 30-39Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In line with the principles of cleaner production, the removal of monazite via reverse flotation was investigated with a view to reducing the radioactivity of a heavy mineral sands waste stream. Another benefit was to create a potential REE by-product from the Namakwa Sands operation in South Africa. Understanding the mineralogy of the zircon waste stream was essential owing to the cemented nature of the deposit and the potential impact of surface coatings on the flotation performance. SEM, QEMSCAN and optical microscopy showed that amorphous SiO2 was the most abundant surface coating associated with both monazite and zircon, which is likely to constitute a major challenge in achieving flotation selectivity. A D-optimal statistical screening design was applied to find the most relevant flotation parameters and a full factorial design to find the optimal flotation conditions. The most promising results showed that monazite could be successfully removed from the zircon waste with an oleate collector at pH 10. The selectivity was found to be highly dependent on pH, with no selectivity at pH 9 and no mineral flotation at pH 11. Further work is recommended to confirm and optimise these conditions and test them on a larger scale.

  • 52.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Sand, Anders
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Malm, Lisa
    Boliden Mineral AB, Boliden.
    Bolin, Nils-Johan
    Boliden Mineral AB.
    Untersuchung des Einflusses der Zellengeometrie auf den Flotationsprozess2017Ingår i: Berg- und Huttenmännische Monatshefte (BHM), ISSN 0005-8912, E-ISSN 1613-7531, Vol. 162, nr 8, s. 281-288Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [de]

    Der Trend in der Entwicklung der Flotationstechnologie geht weiterhin in Richtung sehr großer Zellen. Ein Scale-up von Flotationszellen wird zumeist unter Beibehaltung ähnlicher geometrischer Proportionen vorgenommen, d. h. das Verhältnis von Durchmesser zu Höhe wird bei Vergrößerung des Volumens häufig konstant gehalten. Zudem werden bei dem Entwurf von Flotationsanlagen zumeist mehrere Zellen mit identischer Geometrie innerhalb einer Flotationsbank verwendet. Die Verwendung weniger Standardgrößen in einer Flotationsanlage vereinfacht einerseits Entwurf, Herstellung und Wartung der Flotationsapparate. Andererseits werden hierdurch Leistungsfähigkeit und Selektivität des Flotationsprozesses nicht notwendigerweise sichergestellt. Der Geometrieparameter, der bei gegebenem Zellenvolumen die Leistungsfähigkeit bestimmt, ist die Zellenhöhe. Sie hat Einfluss auf den hydrostatischen Druck und die Hydrodynamik der Trübe, die Wegstrecke, die Partikel-Blase-Agglomerate zurücklegen müssen, sowie die Homogenität der Durchmischung. Auch die Dicke der Schaumschicht hängt vom Durchmesser-Höhe-Verhältnis ab. Ziel der Forschungsarbeiten ist es, ein besseres Verständnis der Materialverteilung und der Suspensionseigenschaften innerhalb einer Flotationszelle zu erlangen und anhand dieser Informationen aufzuklären, wie Veränderungen der Zellengeometrie die Trennleistung beeinflussen können. Zu diesem Zweck wurden erste systematische Messungen und Analysen der räumlichen Verteilung der verschiedenen Phasen innerhalb einer 160 m3 Flotationszelle im Rahmen der industriellen Anreicherung eines armen Kupfererzes durchgeführt. Die Konzepte für die Probenahme an verschiedenen vertikalen und seitlichen Positionen der Flotationszelle werden vorgestellt. Die Ergebnisse der experimentellen Arbeiten geben einen Einblick in die räumliche Verteilung der Trübe innerhalb der Flotationszelle. Auf der Grundlage der gemessenen Phasenverteilung und Konzentrationen sowie der Partikeleigenschaften an verschiedenen Positionen innerhalb der Zelle werden Implikationen für einen optimierten Entwurf von Flotationszelle und -anlage diskutiert.

  • 53.
    Sand, Anders
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Stener, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Toivakka, Martti
    Åbo Akademi University.
    Carlson, Johan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, Signaler och system.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    A Stokesian Dynamics Approach for Simulation of Magnetic Particle Suspensions2016Ingår i: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 90, nr SI , s. 70-76Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The dynamic behaviour of μm-scale ferromagnetic particles in suspension is of interest for various mineral beneficiation processes. It is, however, difficult to experimentally study such processes at the particle-level. In these instances it can be advantageous to resort to suitable particle simulation methods.Stokesian dynamics is a mesh-free numerical technique developed for suspensions of nm to mm size particles. The method inherently considers hydrodynamic interactions, but additional interaction models can be included depending on the system under investigation. We here present a Stokesian dynamics (SD) implementation, which allows for simulation of the motion of suspended magnetic particles in presence of an external magnetic field. The magnetic interaction model includes particle-field interactions as well as pairwise interactions between magnetised particles.Simulations are compared with experiments using a laboratory-scale flow cell. The method is shown to be realistic for studying ferromagnetic suspensions in mineral processing applications, and can be useful in understanding and predicting the efficiency of mineral separation processes.

  • 54.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Karlkvist, TommyLuleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Conference in Minerals Engineering 20162016Samlingsverk (redaktörskap) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 55.
    Parian, Mehdi
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Developing a particle-based process model for unit operations of mineral processing: WLIMS2016Ingår i: International Journal of Mineral Processing, ISSN 0301-7516, E-ISSN 1879-3525, Vol. 154, s. 53-65Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Process models in mineral processing can be classified based on the level of information required from the ore, i.e. the feed stream to the processing plant. Mineral processing models usually require information on total solid flow rate, mineralogical composition and particle size information. The most comprehensive level of mineral processing models is the particle-based one (liberation level), which gives particle-by-particle information on their mineralogical composition, size, density, shape i.e. all necessary information on the processed material for simulating unit operations. In flowsheet simulation, the major benefit of a particle-based model over other models is that it can be directly linked to any other particle-based unit models in the process simulation. This study aims to develop a unit operation model for a wet low intensity magnetic separator on particle property level. The experimental data was gathered in a plant survey of the KA3 iron ore concentrator of Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB in Kiruna. Corresponding feed, concentrate and tailings streams of the primary magnetic separator were sampled, assayed and mass balanced on mineral liberation level. The mass-balanced data showed that the behavior of individual particles in the magnetic separation is depending on their size and composition. The developed model involves a size and composition dependent entrapment parameter and a separation function that depends on the magnetic volume of the particle and the nature of gangue mineral. The model is capable of forecasting the behavior of particles in magnetic separation with the necessary accuracy. This study highlights the benefits that particle-based models in simulation offer whereas lower level process models fail to provide.

  • 56.
    Seppälä, Pirjo
    et al.
    Control Engineering, University of Oulu.
    Sorsa, Aki
    Control Engineering, University of Oulu.
    Paavola, Marko
    Control Engineering, University of Oulu.
    Ruuska, Jari
    Uleåborg universitet, Control Engineering, University of Oulu.
    Remes, Antti
    Outotec Oyj.
    Kumar, Haresh
    Oulu Mining School, University of Oulu.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Leviskä, Kauko J.
    Uleåborg universitet, Control Engineering, University of Oulu.
    Development and calibration of a dynamic flotation circuit model2016Ingår i: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 96-97, s. 168-176Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Monitoring of mineral beneficiation processes is difficult due to lack of reliable measurements and hazardous environment. Therefore robust models describing steady-state and dynamic behaviour of the processes are needed when aiming for improved monitoring and control. Specific characteristics of models used in mineral processes are that they require spatial mineralogical information of raw material. In this study, a dynamic simulator combining ore characteristic physical data, process operating parameters and mineralogical properties is developed for the Oulu Mining School (OMS) mini-pilot scale mineral beneficiation plant. The mini-pilot process, theoretical part of the model and the model development are described. Open and closed flotation circuit experiments were carried out in mini-pilot research environment for model identification. Experimental and simulated results of ore type variation and pH change are presented. Based on the results the effects of the aforementioned factors on flotation performance are predicted.

  • 57.
    Lishchuk, Viktor
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lund, Cecilia
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Development of a Synthetic Ore Deposit Model for Geometallurgy2016Ingår i: Geomet16: Third AusIMM International Geometallurgy Conference 2016 : Conference Proceedings, Parkville, Victoria: The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy , 2016, s. 275-286Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 58.
    Stener, Jan
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Carlson, Johan E.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, Signaler och system.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser.
    Sand, Anders
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser.
    Direct measurement of internal material flow in a bench scale wet Low-Intensity Magnetic Separator2016Ingår i: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 91, s. 55-65Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In this work an ultrasound-based measurement method is used formonitoring suspension velocity and build-up of magnetic material inside awet Low-Intensity Magnetic Separator, a process used e.g. inbeneficiation of magnetite ores. Today the only available option is tomonitor material transport between unit operations; i.e. flow rate,solids concentration, and particle size distribution of suspension flowin pipes are measured online using standard equipment.An Acoustic Backscatter System is fitted to the tank of a separator, andused to monitor the internal flow. A method called Ultrasonic VelocityProfiling is used to capture internal velocity profiles. Simultaneously,the backscatter signal intensity is used to get indications about localsolids concentration of the flow, and build-up of magnetic material. Themethods are evaluated in realistic conditions, where the effect ofvarying factors relevant to machine performance is investigated. Theincluded factors are; the slurry feed rate, the slurry solidsconcentration, the magnet assembly angle, and the drum rotational speed.The presented method gives useful information about the internal materialflow inside the separator. The velocity measurements capture the,sometimes complex, internal flow patterns, for example the presence andvelocity of a recirculating flow in the dewatering zone. Additionally,keeping a balanced material loading in the concentrate dewatering zone isimportant to separator performance. Using the signal backscatterintensity it is possible to qualitatively monitor this material loading.Generally these direct measurements can aid in improvements to machinedesign, process optimization, and process control.

  • 59.
    Lishchuk, Viktor
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lund, Cecilia
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Evaluation of sampling in geometallurgical programs through synthetic deposit model2016Ingår i: IMPC 2016: XXVIII International Mineral Processing Congress Proceedings, 2016Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The main purpose of geometallurgy is to develop a model to predict the variability in the mineralprocessing performance within the ore body. Geometallurgical tests used for developing such a model need to be fast, practical and inexpensive and include as an input data relevant and measureable geological parameters like elemental grades, mineral grades and grain size. Important in each geometallurgical program is to define the number of samples needed to be sent for geometallurgical testing to enable reliable metallurgical forecast. This is, however, a complicated question that does not have a generic answer.To study the question on sampling a simulation environment was built including a synthetic orebody and sampling & assaying module. A synthetic Kiruna type iron oxide - apatite deposit was established based on case studies of Malmberget ore. The synthetic ore body includes alike variability in rock types, modal mineralogy, chemical composition, density and mineral textures as its real life counterpart. The synthetic ore body was virtually sampled with different sampling densities for a Davis tube testing, a geometallurgical test characterising response in magnetic separation. Based on the test results a forecast for the processing of the whole ore body was created. The forecasted parameters included concentrate tonnages, iron recovery and concentrate quality in terms of iron, phosphorous and silica contents.The study shows that the number of samples required for forecasting different geometallurgicalparameters varies. Reliable estimates on iron recovery and concentrate mass pull can be made with about 5-10 representative samples by geometallurgical ore type. However, when the concentrate quality in terms of impurities needs to be forecasted, the sample number is more than 20 times higher. This is due to variation in mineral liberation and shows the importance of developing techniques to collect qualitative information on mineral and ore textures in geometallurgy.

  • 60.
    Lishchuk, Viktor
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lund, Cecilia
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Evaluation of sampling in geometallurgical programs through synthetic deposit model2016Ingår i: (IMPC 2016), Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, 2016Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The main purpose of geometallurgy is to develop a model to predict the variability in the mineralprocessing performance within the ore body. Geometallurgical tests used for developing such a model need to be fast, practical and inexpensive and include as an input data relevant and measureable geological parameters like elemental grades, mineral grades and grain size. Important in each geometallurgical program is to define the number of samples needed to be sent for geometallurgical testing to enable reliable metallurgical forecast. This is, however, a complicated question that does not have a generic answer.

    To study the question on sampling a simulation environment was built including a synthetic orebody and sampling & assaying module. A synthetic Kiruna type iron oxide - apatite deposit was established based on case studies of Malmberget ore. The synthetic ore body includes alike variability in rock types, modal mineralogy, chemical composition, density and mineral textures as its real life counterpart. The synthetic ore body was virtually sampled with different sampling densities for a Davis tube testing, a geometallurgical test characterising response in magnetic separation. Based on the test results a forecast for the processing of the whole ore body was created. The forecasted parameters included concentrate tonnages, iron recovery and concentrate quality in terms of iron, phosphorous and silica contents.

    The study shows that the number of samples required for forecasting different geometallurgicalparameters varies. Reliable estimates on iron recovery and concentrate mass pull can be made with about 5-10 representative samples by geometallurgical ore type. However, when the concentrate quality in terms of impurities needs to be forecasted, the sample number is more than 20 times higher. This is due to variation in mineral liberation and shows the importance of developing techniques to collect qualitative information on mineral and ore textures in geometallurgy.

  • 61.
    Karlkvist, Tommy
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Patra, Anuttam
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Kemiteknik.
    Bordes, Romain
    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology.
    Holmberg, Krister
    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology.
    Rao, Hanumantha
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Flotation selectivity of novel alkyl dicarboxylate reagents for calcite-fluorite separation2016Ingår i: Tenside Surfactants Detergents, ISSN 0932-3414, E-ISSN 2195-8564, Vol. 53, nr 6, s. 516-523Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    A series of amino acid-based surfactants with a fixed alkyl chain length and with two carboxyl groups separated by a spacer of one, two or three carbon atoms have been synthesized and evaluated as potential collectors for flotation of calcite and fluorite. A monocarboxylate amino acid-based surfactant having the same length of the hydrocarbon tail was also included in the study. Experiments using a Hallimond flotation tube showed that although the flotation reagents solely differs in terms of spacer, their efficacy in terms of flotation recovery varied very much. Whereas on calcite at pH 10.5 only the monocarboxylate collector gave a high yield, on fluorite at the same pH both the monocarboxylate and the dicarboxylate collectors with one carbon between the carboxyl groups gave good results. On calcite at the natural pH the monocarboxylate collector was most efficient but the dicarboxylate collectors with a two- and a three-carbon spacer also gave a reasonable recovery. On fluorite at the natural pH the dicarboxylate collectors with a two- and a three-carbon spacer were most efficient. The potential and the flotation recovery of the mineral particles as afunction of added collector was assessed and the adsorption was also monitored by diffuse reflectance infra-red spectroscopy. Taken together, the results showed that small changes in the head group region of the collector can radically affect flotation recovery. This type of knowledge is important to understand flotation selectivity in a mixture of similar minerals.

  • 62.
    Gonzalez, Maria Sinche
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Geochemical Model and Simulation of Water Balance for Mining Operations: Svappavaara Iron Mine2016Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 63.
    Gonzalez, Maria Sinche
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Geochemical Water Balance by Modeling and Simulation in Mining: Water Conscious Mining (WASCIOUS) Project2016Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 64.
    Lishchuk, Viktor
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Geometallurgical programs – critical evaluation of applied methods and techniques2016Licentiatavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Geometallurgy is a team-based multidisciplinary approach aimed at integrating geological, mineralogical and metallurgical information and yielding a spatial quantitative predictive model for production management. Production management includes forecast, control and optimization of the product quality (concentrates and tailings) and metallurgical performance (e.g. recoveries and throughput); and minimization of the environmental impact. Favourable characteristics of an ore body calling for geometallurgical model are high variability, low mineral grades, complex mineralogy and several alternative processing routes or beneficiation methods.Industrial application of geometallurgy is called a geometallurgical program. This study undertook a critical review and evaluation of methods and techniques used in geometallurgical programs. This evaluation aimed at defining how geometallurgical program should be carried out for different kinds of ore bodies. Methods applied here were an industry survey (questionnaire) along with development and use of a synthetic ore body build-up of geometallurgical modules. Survey on geometallurgical programs included fifty two case studies from both industry professionals and comprehensive literature studies. Focus in the survey was on answering why and how geometallurgical programs are built. This resulted in a two-dimensional classification system where geometallurgical program depth of application was presented in six levels. Geometallurgical methods and techniques were summarised accordingly under three approaches: traditional, proxy and mineralogical. Through the classification it was established that due to similar geometallurgical reasoning and methodologies the deposit and process data could be organized in a common way. Thus, a uniform data structure (Papers I, II) was proposed.Traditionally the scientific development in geometallurgy takes place through case studies. This is slow and results are often confidential. Therefore, an alternative way is needed; here a synthetic testing framework for geometallurgy was established and used as such alternative. The synthetic testing framework for geometallurgy consists of synthetic ore body and a mineral processing circuit. The generated digital ore body of a kind is sampled through a synthetic sampling module, followed by chemical and mineralogical analyses, and by geometallurgical and metallurgical testing conducted in a synthetic laboratory. The synthetic testing framework aims at being so realistic that an expert could not identify it from a true one while studying data it offers. Important and unique aspect here is that the geological ore body model is based on minerals. This means that synthetic ore body has full mineralogical composition and properties information at any point of the ore body. This makes it possible to run different characterisation techniques in synthetic analysis laboratory.The first framework built was based on Malmberget iron ore mine (LKAB). Two aspects were studied: sampling density required for a geometallurgical program and difference in the prediction capabilities between different geometallurgical approaches. As a result of applying synthetic testing framework, it was confirmed that metallurgical approach presents clear advantage in product quality prediction for production planning purposes. Another conclusion was that optimising the production based solely on head grade without application of variability in the processing properties gives significantly less reliable forecast and optimisation information for the mining value chain.For the iron ore case study it was concluded that the number of samples required for a geometallurgical program must vary based on the parameters to be forecasted. Reliable recovery model could be established based on some tens of samples whereas the reliable concentrate quality prediction (e.g metal grade, penalty elements) required more than 100 samples. In the latter the mineralogical approach proved to be significantly better in the quality of prediction in comparison to the traditional approach based on elemental grades. Model based on proxy approach could forecast well the response in magnetic separation performance with the help of Davis tube test. But the lack of geometallurgical test for flotation and gravity separation caused that in total the proxy approach forecast capability was worse than in mineralogical approach. This study is a part of a larger research program, PREP (Primary resource efficiency by enhanced prediction), and the results will be applied to on-going industrial case studies.

  • 65.
    Stener, Jan
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Carlson, Johan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, Signaler och system.
    Sand, Anders
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Internal flow measurements in pilot scale wet low-intensity magnetic separation2016Ingår i: International Journal of Mineral Processing, ISSN 0301-7516, E-ISSN 1879-3525, Vol. 155, s. 55-63Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In the mining industry, ferromagnetic particles (e.g. magnetite) are concentrated using wet low-intensity magnetic separation (LIMS). The performance is to a large extent controlled by the internal flow conditions in the separator. In previous work, it was shown how an ultrasound pulse-echo setup can be used to simultaneously measure particle velocity profiles and local solids concentration variations in laboratory conditions. In this paper, a real-world case is demonstrated where the system is installed on one of the wet LIMS at the LKAB R&D facilities in Malmberget, Sweden. For the pilot scale experiments a setup with two ultrasound transducers, mounted at the bottom of the separator tank, is used. The design of experiments method is used to study the effects of the feed solids concentration, drum rotational speed, position of the concentrate weir, and the magnet assembly angle on the measured flow patterns. The results show that it is possible to detect changes in the flow velocity patterns and the local solids concentration, as the operational conditions of the separator are varied. Of the factors studied, the drum rotational speed has the strongest influence on the overall flow velocity in the dewatering zone. Also, the presence of a recirculating flow transporting gangue particles away from the concentrate is confirmed. The factor with the strongest influence on this recirculating flow is also the drum rotational speed, together with the magnet assembly angle. Using this method it is possible to make high quality measurements of internal flow velocity profiles. It is also possible to monitor material build-up on the separator drum, and e.g. detect overload of magnetic material. The insights gained, and the methods developed, have generated new possibilities to control, optimise, and develop the wet LIMS process.

  • 66.
    Stener, Jan
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Carlson, Johan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, Signaler och system.
    Sand, Anders
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Monitoring Mineral Slurry Flow using Pulse-Echo Ultrasound2016Ingår i: Flow Measurement and Instrumentation, ISSN 0955-5986, E-ISSN 1873-6998, Vol. 50, s. 135-146Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Ultrasound based flow measurement methods have a large potential for the mining industry and its processing plants. Ultrasound travel through dense suspensions and is not affected by the magnetic fields sometimes present in this type of equipment.A cross-correlation based method is used for localized particle velocity measurements in one and two dimensions. Simultaneously, using the same data, information about local particle concentration is extracted from the power spectral density of the backscattered signal. Experiments are carried out both in simplified geometry and in full scale equipment in an iron ore pilot benefication plant.In the simple geometry it is possible to assess the precision of the methods by comparing the measurements to theory and numerical simulations. The results from the pilot plant experiments show that these methods can be applied to real world processes

  • 67.
    Karlkvist, Tommy
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Fredriksson, Andreas
    R&D Mineral Processing, LKAB.
    Rao, Hanumantha
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim.
    Novel alkyl aminodicarboxylate reagents for mineral specific flotation2016Ingår i: 2016 SME Annual Conference and Expo: The Future for Mining in a Data-Driven World, Phoenix, United States, 21 - 24 February 2016, New York: Society for Mining, Metalurgy and Exploration, 2016, s. 807-810Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Separation of different calcium minerals have long been an interesting and challenging problem. In this investigation calcium mineral separation is examined by: microflotation, zeta potential measurement and adsorption, using novel collectors having two functional groups instead of one. In theory, by varying the distance between the functional groups, it could be possible to preferentially target one calcium mineral by matching the spatial distance between the sites on the mineral surface. In this investigation two new surfactants have been tested to estimate their ability to float apatite and/or calcite.Preliminary findings show that an increase in distance between the functional groups favors one mineral over the other, and this might be due to differences in the mineral surface structure.

  • 68.
    Parian, Mehdi
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Particle-based Process Models in Mineral Processing2016Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 69.
    Alakangas, Lena
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Geovetenskap och miljöteknik.
    Sandström, Åke
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Martinsson, Olof
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Geovetenskap och miljöteknik.
    Hällström, Lina
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Geovetenskap och miljöteknik.
    Project: Improve Resource Efficiency and Minimize Environmental Footprint2016Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
    Abstract [en]

    The REMinE project is organized in five work packages that comprise: detailedcharacterization and risk assessment of the mine wastes selected (WP2), identification of new processing methods for mine waste (WP3), characterization and risk assessment of the remaining residuals (WP4), outlining business opportunities and environmental impact in a conceptual model for sustainable mining (WP5). The project comprises case studies of historical mine wastes from three different European countries, namely Portugal, Romania and Sweden. The interdisciplinary research collaboration in this project is innovative in the sense that separation of minerals and extraction of metals not only are basedon technical and economic gain but also considers the environmental perspective.

  • 70.
    Parian, Mehdi
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Reconciling modal mineralogy and chemical compositions of a sample2016Ingår i: Bulletin of The Geological Society of Finland: Special Volume, 2016, s. 181-Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Knowledge of the grade of valuable elements and its variation is not sufficient for geometallurgy. Minerals define not only the value of the deposit, but also the method of extraction and concentration. However, mineralogy is quite rarely used as the key information in geometallurgy and it is even more exceptional in mineral resource estimation.One of the reasons is the lack of fast, low-cost but still reliable modal analysis. The other is that the results from various methods of modal mineralogy such as automated mineralogy and quantitative XRD are not consistent with chemical assay. In other words, the chemical composition back calculated from modal analysis does not match with the true chemical assay. Element-to-mineral conversion is the known method to get modal mineralogy that matches with the chemical composition of samples. However, in complicated mineralogy or the lack of enough chemical components assayed, it fails to provide accurate results. Reconciling the results of a modal analysis with chemical assays can improve the agreement between chemical assays and back-calculated chemical composition. This is achievable by doing minor adjustments to modal mineralogy. The method used here is called combined method and it principally uses Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm to minimize differences (residuals) between chemical assays and back-calculated chemical composition of a sample. The advantage of the method over other combined methods is that it does not use weighting factors. Additionally, the adjustments are minor unlike other methods that can cause mineral grades to drift away significantly. These features make it possible to apply the method for a large number of samples unsupervised.

  • 71.
    Sand, Anders
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Kol, Erdogan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Broadbent, Chris
    Wardell Armstrong International.
    Social Acceptance of Mining in the Nordic and European Context: Experiences from FAME and Other EU Projects2016Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Social acceptance has emerged as a topic of outmost importance for the mining and metals industry. Recently, Luleå University of Technology has been involved in a number of EU-projects aimed at addressing issues related to social acceptance, wider society awareness building and education, as well as exploring the relation between policymaking and mining industry innovations towards more sustainable production. In this respect, the FAME project (funded by the EU through Horizon 2020) has a strong focus on developing processes and technologies towards minimal impact on environment, while at the same time considering health and safety aspects and being socio-politically acceptable.   

    This presentation reflects on social acceptance issues, with particular focus on the Nordic and European context. The relevance of good working conditions, community involvement and trust-building as well as consideration for the environment are mentioned as key factors for a successful mining project. The mining industry is constantly working on process and raw material efficiency, water and energy savings, safer and better residue handling as well as remediation and protective actions at end of life. This work needs, however, to be complemented with public information and knowledge sharing both on local and on wider society level.

    It is concluded that continuous efforts are needed for promoting social acceptance of the mining industry. On the local level, it is the responsibility of industry to build trust with the surrounding community. On wider society level a combination of stakeholder dialogue meetings and education initiatives are needed in order to generate understanding of the role of the mining and metals industry in society, possibilities and constraints of the circular economy, and other issues related to raw materials. In this respect, multiplier organisations such as NGOs, industry branch organisations and academia play a key role for successful outreach.

  • 72.
    Mwanga, Abdul
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    A Comminution Model for Linking Size Reduction with Energy and Mineral Liberation2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Traditionally comminution models are used to predict size reduction and the energy required for that. For better control of energy and quality of concentrate grade in subsequent concentration processes also the liberation of the minerals has to be considered. Mechanical forces are used to break the bonds of the mineral matrix of composite particle into mineral phases.Mineral composition and texture (i.e. the grain size) have been used to predict the breakage properties of an ore but are not fully used to predict the liberation of mineral particles during comminution. For this purpose an integrated breakage model is needed that links the energy used to reduce the size of the mineral particles with the mineral liberation achieved during comminution. Such a liberation model for forecasting the degree of mineral liberation has to be based on mineral texture information.As a novel approach, a liberability curve for various mineral textures has been developed and used to optimize the particle size and energy required for ore comminution. Tests with iron ore samples from the Malmberget mine in Northern Sweden show that, liberation and breakage of the mineral particles are controlled by the grade distribution and grain size of magnetite.

  • 73.
    Sand, Anders
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Stener, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Toivakka, Martti
    Åbo Akademi University.
    Carlson, Johan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, Signaler och system.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    A Stokesian Dynamics Approach for Simulation of Magnetic Particle Suspensions2015Ingår i: Proceedings of Computational Modelling 2015: Minerals Engineering International, 2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 74.
    Parian, Mehdi
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Möckel, Robert
    Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Halsbruecker Straße 34, 09599 Freiberg.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Analysis of mineral grades for geometallurgy: Combined element-to-mineral conversion and quantitative X-ray diffraction2015Ingår i: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 82, s. 25-35Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Knowledge of the grade of valuable elements and its variation is not sufficient for geometallurgy. Minerals define not only the value of the deposit, but also the method of extraction and concentration. A number of methods for obtaining mineral grades were evaluated with a focus on geometallurgical applicability, precision and trueness. For a geometallurgical program, the number of samples to be analyzed is large, therefore a method for obtaining mineral grades needs to be cost-efficient, relatively fast, and reliable. Automated mineralogy based on scanning electron microscopy is generally regarded as the most reliable method for analyzing mineral grades. However, the method is time demanding and expensive. Quantitative X-ray diffraction has a relatively high detection limit, 0.5%, while the method is not suitable for some base and precious metal ores, it still provides significant details on gangue mineral grades. The application of the element-to-mineral conversion has been limited to the simple mineralogy because the number of elements analyzed limits the number of calculable mineral grades. This study investigates a new method for the estimation of mineral grades applicable for geometallurgy by combining both the element-to-mineral conversion method and quantitative X-ray diffraction with Rietveld refinement. The proposed method not only delivers the required turnover for geometallurgy, but also overcomes the shortcomings if quantitative X-ray diffraction or element-to-mineral is used alone

  • 75.
    Lishchuk, Viktor
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lund, Cecilia
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Classification of Geometallurgical Programs Based on Approach and Purpose2015Ingår i: Mineral Resources in a Sustainable World / [ed] A.S. Andre-Mayer; M. Cathelineau; P. Muchez; E. Pirard; S. Sindern, 2015, s. 1431-1434Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Geometallurgy is a rapidly developing holistic approach for combining geological and metallurgical information for production management purposes in mining operations. The industrial application of geometallurgy is called a geometallurgical program and one of the largest challenges within geometallurgical programs is to select appropriate methods for resource characterization. Aim of such characterization is the prediction of metallurgical performance of different ore types and geometallurgical domains with the required accuracy. More than 25 geometallurgical programs from mining operations around the world were reviewed and a classification system developed with aim to clarify how geometallurgy is used and what methods are applied. The result is summarized as a two-dimensional classification which illustrates what geometallurgical approaches are used and how collected data is applied. In addition the proposed classification system gives a perspective of what are the minimum requirements for a geometallurgical program at different levels of application and who are the main participants that should be engaged in a geometallurgical program. The classification system can also be used as a reference system for benchmarking of different geometallurgical endeavours.

  • 76.
    Lishchuk, Viktor
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lund, Cecilia
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Classification of geometallurgical programs based on approach and purpose2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Geometallurgy is a rapidly developing holistic approach for combining geological and metallurgical information for production management purposes in mining operations. The industrial application of geometallurgy is called a geometallurgical program and one of the largest challenges within geometallurgical programs is to select appropriate methods for resourcecharacterization. Aim of such characterization is the prediction of metallurgical performance of different ore types and geometallurgical domains with the required accuracy.More than 25 geometallurgical programs from mining operations around the world were reviewed and a classification system developed with aim to clarify how geometallurgy is used and what methods are applied. The result is summarized as a two-dimensional classification which illustrates what geometallurgical approaches are used and how collected data is applied.In addition the proposed classification system gives a perspective of what are the minimum requirements for a geometallurgical program at different levels ofapplication and who are the main participants that should be engaged in a geometallurgical program. The classification system can also be used as a reference system for benchmarking of different geometallurgicalendeavours.

  • 77.
    Mwanga, Abdul
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Comminution test method using small drill core samples2015Ingår i: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 72, s. 129-139Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Comminution tests aim to measure the comminution properties of ore samples to be used in designing and sizing the grinding circuit and to study the variation within an ore body. In the geometallurgy context this information is essential for creating a proper resource model for production planning and management and process control of the resource’s exploitation before and during production.Standard grindability tests require at least 10 kg of ore sample, which is quite a lot at early project stages. This paper deals with the development of a method for mapping the variability of comminution properties with very small sample amounts. The method uses a lab-scale jaw crusher, standard laboratory sieves and a small laboratory tumbling mill equipped with a gross energy measurement device. The method was evaluated against rock mechanics tests and standard Bond grindability test. Within this approach textural information from drill cores is used as a sample classification criterion.Experimental results show that a sample of approximate 220 g already provides relevant information about the grindability behavior of iron ores at 19% mill fillings and 91% fraction of the critical mill speed. The gross energy measured is then used to calculate an equivalent grinding energy. This equivalent energy is further used for predicting the variations in throughput for a given deposit and process.Liberation properties of the ore connected to grindability elaborates energy required for grinding and significances of it when deciding to move to higher grinding energy considering the improvement of liberation of the desired mineral. However, high energy significantly enhanced the degree of liberation of magnetite and is expected to improve the concentrate grade after downstream treatment. The higher the magnetite content the better is the liberability of magnetite and the lower the energy required to liberate the desired mineral. Liberability of magnetite is also affected by texture classes containing low magnetite content. A methodology that combines this information has been developed as a practical framework of geometallurgical modeling and simulation in order to manage technical and economic exploitation of resource at early, project stages and during mining operations.

  • 78.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Karlkvist, TommyLuleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Conference in Minerals Engineering 20152015Samlingsverk (redaktörskap) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 79.
    Lund, Cecilia
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lindberg, Therese
    LKAB, Research & Development, 983 81 Malmberget.
    Development of a geometallurgical framework to quantify mineral textures for process prediction2015Ingår i: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 82, s. 61-77Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    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).

  • 80.
    Parian, Mehdi
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Development of the mineralogical path for geometallurgical modeling of iron ores2015Licentiatavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    The demands for more effective utilization of ore bodies and proper risk management in the mining industry have resulted in a new cross discipline called geometallurgy. Geometallurgy connects geological, mineral processing and subsequent downstream processing information together to provide a comprehensive model to be used in production planning and management. A geometallurgical program is the industrial application of geometallurgy. It provides a way to map the variation in the ore body, to handling the data and giving metallurgical forecast on spatial level.Three different approaches are used in geometallurgical programs. These include the traditional way, which uses chemical elements, the proxy method, which applies geometallurgical tests, and the mineralogical approach using mineralogy. The mineralogical approach provides the most comprehensive and versatile way to treat geometallurgical data. Therefore it was selected as a basis for this study. For the mineralogical method, quantitative mineralogical information is needed both on deposit and for the process. The geological model must describe the minerals present, give their chemical composition, report their mass proportions (modal composition) in the ore body and describe the texture. The process model must be capable of using mineralogical information provided by the geological model to forecast the metallurgical performance of different geological volumes (samples, ore blocks, geometallurgical domains or blends prepared for the plant) and periods (from minutes via hourly and daily scale to week, monthly and annual production). A literature survey showed that areas, where more development is needed for using the mineralogical approach, are: 1) quick and inexpensive techniques for reliable modal analysis of the ore samples; 2) textural classification of the ore capable to forecast the liberation distribution of the ore when crushed and ground; 3) unit operation models based on particle properties (at mineral liberation level) and 4) a system capable to handle all this information and transfer it to production model. This study focuses on solving the first and the third problem. A number of methods for obtaining mineral grades were evaluated with a focus on geometallurgical applicability, precision and trueness. The method survey included scanning electron microscopy based automated mineralogy, quantitative X-ray powder diffraction with Rietveld refinement, and element-to-mineral conversion. A new technique called combined method uses both quantitative X-ray diffraction with Rietveld refinement and the element-to-mineral conversion method. The method not only delivers the required turnover for geometallurgy, but also overcomes the shortcomings if X-ray powder diffraction or element-to-mineral conversion when used alone. Furthermore, various methods of obtaining modal mineralogy were compared and a model for evaluating precision and closeness of the methods was developed.Different levels of processing models can be classified in geometallurgy based on in which level the ore, i.e. the feed stream to the processing plant, is defined and what information subsequent streams carry. For mineral processing models the following five levels can be distinguished: particle size only level, elemental level, element by particle size level, mineral level, mineral by particle size level and mineral liberation (particle) level. The most comprehensive level of mineral processing models is the particle-based one which includes all necessary information for modeling unit operations. Within this study, as the first step, a unit operation model is built on particle level for wet low-intensity magnetic separation. The experimental data was gathered through a survey of the KA3 iron ore concentrator plant of Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB) in Kiruna. The first wet magnetic separator of the process was used as the basis for the model development since the degree of liberation is important at this stage. Corresponding feed, concentrate and tailings streams were mass balanced on a mineral by size and liberation level. The mass balanced data showed that the behavior of individual particles in the magnetic separation is depending on their size and composition. The model, which has a size dependent by-pass parameter and a separation parameter dependent of the magnetic volume of the particle, is capable of forecasting the behavior of particles in magnetic separation. Modeling and simulation show the benefits that particle-based simulation provides compared to lower level process models which take into account only elemental or mineral grades.

  • 81.
    Stener, Jan
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Carlson, Johan E.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, Signaler och system.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Sand, Anders
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Direct measurement of internal material flow in bench scale wet Low-Intensity Magnetic Separator2015Ingår i: Proceedings of Physical Separation '15, Minerals Engineering International , 2015Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 82.
    Minz, Friederike
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Geovetenskap och miljöteknik.
    Bolin, Nils-Johan
    Boliden Mineral AB, Luleå tekniska universitet.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Bachmann, Kai
    TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Helmholtz-Institute-Freiberg for Resource Technology.
    Gutzmer, Jens
    TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Helmholtz-Institute-Freiberg for Resource Technology.
    Wanhainen, Christina
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Geovetenskap och miljöteknik.
    Distribution of Sb minerals in the Cu and Zn flotation of Rockliden massive sulphide ore in north-central Sweden2015Ingår i: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 82, s. 125-135Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The Rockliden massive sulphide Zn–Cu deposit contains minor amounts of Sb minerals. The Sb mineralogy is complex in terms of composition, micro textures and mineral associations. The main Sb minerals comprise tetrahedrite, bournonite, gudmundite and Sb–Pb sulphides such as meneghinite. The presence of these minerals is especially critical to the quality of the Cu–Pb concentrate. To study how they are distributed in a simplified flotation circuit and what controls their process behaviour Sb-rich drill core samples were selected from the Rockliden deposit and a standard laboratory flotation test was run on the composite samples. Scanning electron microscope-based automated mineralogy was used to measure the Sb mineralogy of the test products, and the particle tracking technique was applied to mass balance the different liberation classes to finally trace the distribution of liberated and locked Sb minerals. The mineralogical factors controlling the distribution of Sb minerals are mineral grain size, the degree of liberation, and associated minerals. Similarities in the distribution of specific particle types from the tested composites point towards systematics in the behaviour of particles and predictability of their distribution which is suggested to be used in a geometallurgical model of the deposit.

  • 83.
    Sand, Anders
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lund, Cecilia
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Sandström, Åke
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Samuelsson, Caisa
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Education Related to Mineral Raw Materials in the European Union: D3.3 Final Report on Skill Shortages and Means of Addressing Them2015Rapport (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 84.
    Karlkvist, Tommy
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Patra, Anuttam
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Kota, Hanumantha Rao
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Bordes, Romain
    Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
    Holmberg, Krister
    Chalmers University of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
    Flotation selectivity of novel alkyl dicarboxylate reagents for apatite-calcite separation2015Ingår i: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, ISSN 0021-9797, E-ISSN 1095-7103, Vol. 445, s. 40-47Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The investigation aims to demonstrate the conceptual thoughts behind developing mineral specific reagents for use in flotation of calcium containing ores. For this purpose, a series of dicarboxylate-based surfactants with varying distance between the carboxylate groups (one, two or three methylene groups) was synthesized. A surfactant with the same alkyl chain length but with only one carboxylate group was also synthesized and evaluated. The adsorption behavior of these new reagents on pure apatite and pure calcite surfaces was studied using Hallimond tube flotation, FTIR and ζ potential measurements. The relation between the adsorption behavior of a given surfactant at a specific mineral surface and its molecular structure over a range of concentrations and pH values, as well as the region of maximum recovery, was established. It was found that one of the reagents, with a specific distance between the carboxylate groups, was much more selective for a particular mineral surface than the other homologues. For example, out of the four compounds synthesized, only the one where the carboxylate groups were separated by a single methylene group floated apatite but not calcite, whereas calcite was efficiently floated with the monocarboxylic reagent, but not with the other reagents synthesized. This selective adsorption of a given surfactant to a particular mineral surface relative to other mineral surfaces as evidenced in the flotation studies was substantiated by ζ potential and infra-red spectroscopy data

  • 85.
    Koch, Pierre-Henri
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    How to Build a Process Model in a Geometallurgical Program?2015Ingår i: Mineral Resources in a Sustainable World / [ed] A.S. Andre-Mayer; M. Cathelineau; P. Muchez; E. Pirard; S. Sindern, 2015, s. 1419-1422Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This work presents a literature review on ways to acquire relevant experimental data for the process model of a geometallurgical program. It identifies the needs in several unit models and proposes ideas for future developments

  • 86.
    Carlson, Johan
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, Signaler och system.
    Stener, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Sand, Anders
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    In-Situ Monitoring of Particle Velocities and Solids Concentration Variations in wet Low-Intensity Magnetic Separators2015Ingår i: 2015 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, IUS 2015: Taipei, 21-24 Oct. 2015, Piscataway, NJ: IEEE Communications Society, 2015, artikel-id 7329339Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In previous work, we have shown how an ultrasound pulse-echo setup can be used to simultaneously measure particle velocity profiles and local solids concentration variations in solid/liquid particle suspensions. In this paper, we demonstrate a real-world case where the system is installed in a wet low-intensity magnetic separator, a process in which magnetic material is separated from gangue. The method was evaluated at LKAB's R&D facilities in Malmberget, Sweden, on one of their pilot scale separators. The results show that it is possible to detect changes in the flow velocity patterns and the local solids concentration, as the operational conditions of the separator are varied.

  • 87.
    Hoseinian, Fatemeh Sadat
    et al.
    Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran.
    Irannajad, Mehdi
    Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran.
    Javadi, Alireza
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Ion flotation for removal of Ni(II) and Zn(II) ions from wastewaters2015Ingår i: International Journal of Mineral Processing, ISSN 0301-7516, E-ISSN 1879-3525, Vol. 143, s. 131-137Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Ion flotation was applied to Ni(II) and Zn(II) cation removal from low concentration synthetic wastewaters. Ethylhexadecyldimethylammonium bromide (EHDABr) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) were used as collectors and Dowfroth250 and methyl isobutyl carbonyl (MIBC) as frothers. The effective parameters were investigated by the experimental design performed by DX7 software. In this regard, a two-level factorial method was used, and sixteen experiments including 6-level variables were designed. In the first step, the tests were conducted in a Hallimond tube. It was concluded from test results that the optimum conditions for the removal of Ni(II) and Zn(II) ions by initial concentrations of 10. ppm were: pH = 3, SDS = 300. ppm, Dowfroth250 = 90. ppm and air flow rate = 1.8. ml/min. In the second step, optimal results from the first step were evaluated in a mechanical flotation cell. In optimal conditions, the recovery of Ni(II) and Zn(II) ions were 88% and 92%, respectively at 60. min. This study showed that the use of ion flotation is a very effective method for Ni(II) and Zn(II) ion removal from industrial wastewaters. The flotation time in achieving an optimum recovery of Zn(II) ions is shorter than that for Ni(II) ions

  • 88.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Liberation of heterogeneous particles2015Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Liberation of heterogeneous particles by comminution is the prerequisite for efficient separation in subsequent concentration processes. Consequently, comminution process design and optimization have to be based on the quantitative description of both particle size reduction and liberation during fragmentation. The current status of liberation measurement techniques and modeling approaches is reviewed.

  • 89.
    Minz, Friederike
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Geovetenskap och miljöteknik.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Wanhainen, Christina
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Geovetenskap och miljöteknik.
    Bolin, Nils-Johan
    Boliden, Division of Process Technology.
    Bachmann, Kai
    TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
    Gutzmer, Jens
    TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
    Mineralogical controls on the distribution of antimony in a base-metal flotation test at the Rockliden massive sulphide deposit, north-central Sweden2015Ingår i: Mineral resources in a sustainable world / [ed] A.S. André-Meyer; M. Cathelineau; P. Muchez; E. Pirard; S. Sindern, 2015, s. 1439-1442Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The Rockliden Zn-Cu massive sulphide mineralisation shows elevated concentrations of critical elements. In particularly the presence of Sb in the Cu–Pb concentrate causes metallurgical challenges in the treatment of this flotation product. The Sb mineralogy at Rockliden is complex, comprising of four main Sb minerals. For this study one mafic dyke and three Sb-rich massive sulphide samples with different base-metal and Sb mineralogy were collected and subjected to a simplified flotation test. The Sb mineralogy of the flotation products was analysed using scanning electron microscope-based image analysis. The distribution of liberated and locked Sb minerals between the flotation products was studied using a particle tracking technique. A comparison of results from the different mineralisation types indicates systematic behaviour of specific particle types, pointing towards the predictability of distribution of the Sb minerals during base-metal flotation.

  • 90.
    Jonsén, Pär
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Material- och solidmekanik.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Häggblad, Hans-åke
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Material- och solidmekanik.
    Gustafsson, Gustaf
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Material- och solidmekanik.
    Modelling of physical interactions between pulp, charge and mill structure in tumbling mills2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    To develop a tumbling mill model that includes the pulp fluid and its simultaneous interactions with both the charge and the mill structure is an interesting challenge. The interactions have previously been modelled for dry grinding with a combination of discrete element method (DEM) or smoothedparticle hydrodynamics (SPH) together with the finite element method (FEM). In such combination the DEM particles or SPH particles represent the grinding balls and FEM is used to model the mill structure. In this work, the previous model is extended to include fluids using SPH. Wet milling with water and a magnetite pulp, for graded and mono-size charges are numerically modelled and validated. The charge behaviour and its interaction with the mill structure are studied. An important part of the model is the coupling between DEM and SPH elements. Sliding and impact along the contacting interfaces are important for the response of the model. In the present work, the contact between the grinding balls and the pulp is realized using a penalty based “nodes to node” contact. The combined SPH-DEM-FEM model presented here can predict responses from the mill structure, as well as the pulp liquid flow and pressure. Validation is conducted by comparing numerical results with experimental measurements from grinding in an instrumented small-scale batch ball millequipped with an accurate torque meter. The simulated charge movement is also compared with high speed video of the charge movement for a number of cases. In conclusion, the SPH-DEM-FEM can predict the charge movement and driving torque with good agreement compared to experimental measurement for a wet tumbling mill process. In addition, the presented methodology is generic and can as well be applied to dry or wet stirred media mills of various configurations

  • 91.
    Carlson, Johan
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, Signaler och system.
    Stener, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Sand, Anders
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Monitoring local solids fraction variations in multiphase flow using pulse-echo ultrasound2015Ingår i: Physics Procedia, ISSN 1875-3892, E-ISSN 1875-3892, Vol. 70, s. 376-379Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an ultrasonic pulse-echo technique for on-line monitoring of variations in solids concentrations in particlesuspensions. The method is based on time-frequency analysis of the backscatter signals, exploring variations in spectral content ofthe backscatter as function of depth in the suspension. Experiments on a settling of magnetite particles in water, at varying solidsconcentrations, show that the settling process can be followed by studying the energy of backscattered ultrasound.

  • 92.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Wanhainen, Christina
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Geovetenskap och miljöteknik.
    Recovery of Rare Earth Elements from Electronic Waste by Cryo-grinding2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 93.
    Ikumapayi, Fatai
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Industriell miljö- och processteknik.
    Kota, Hanumantha Rao
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Recycling process water in complex sulfide ore flotation: Effect of calcium and sulfate on sulfide minerals recovery2015Ingår i: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review, ISSN 0882-7508, E-ISSN 1547-7401, Vol. 36, nr 1, s. 45-64Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The influence of major components of calcium and sulfate ions in process water on xanthate collector adsorption and flotation response of pure chalcopyrite, galena, and sphalerite minerals was investigated by Hallimond tube flotation, zeta-potential, FTIR, and XPS spectroscopy studies, while bench scale flotation tests were also carried out using complex sulfide ores. Marginally lower recoveries of chalcopyrite and galena in process water and in the presence of calcium and sulfate ions in both deionized and process waters using potassium amyl xanthate as collector were observed in Hallimond tube flotation, whereas sphalerite floatability is a little increased in process water using isobutyl xanthate as collector. Zeta-potential results show the adsorption of calcium ions on the minerals. FTIR and XPS studies revealed the presence of surface oxidized sulfoxy species and surface calcium carbonates and/or calcium sulfate on chalcopyrite and galena in the presence of process water and water-containing calcium ions at flotation pH 10.5, and these surface species influenced xanthate adsorption. Surface-oxidized sulfoxy and carbonate species were seen on sphalerite surface in the presence of deionized water, process water, and water-containing calcium and sulfate ions at pH 11.5, but the surface species does not influence xanthate adsorption. Bench scale flotation using two different complex sulfide ores showed that chalcopyrite, galena, and sphalerite recoveries are higher in process water than tap water and general decrease of the minerals floatability at temperatures lower than 22°C in either tap water or process water

  • 94.
    Sand, Anders
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Stener, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Toivakka, Martti
    Åbo Akademi University.
    Carlson, Johan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för system- och rymdteknik, Signaler och system.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Simulation of Magnetic Particle Suspensions Using the Stokesian Dynamics Technique2015Ingår i: Proceedings of Conference in Minerals Engineering 2015, Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2015Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 95.
    Javadi, Alireza
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Sulphide Minerals: Surface Oxidation and Selectivity in Complex Sulphide Ore Flotation2015Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Metal and energy extractive industries play a strategic role in the economic development of Sweden. At the same time these industries present a major threat to the environment due to multidimensional environmental pollution produced in the course of ageing of ore processing tailings and waste rocks. In the context of valuable sulphide mineral recovery from sulphide ore, the complex chemistry of the sulphide surface reactions in a pulp, coupled with surface oxidation and instability of the adsorbed species, makes the adsorption processes and selective flotation of a given sulphide mineral from other sulphides have always been problematic and scientifically a great challenge. Invariably, the problems associated with acid mine drainage and selectivity in flotation are explained to be associated with the oxidation of metal sulphides. Although metal sulphides oxidation and galvanic effects were well known in flotation and leaching of sulphides, recent studies reveal the formation of reactive, oxidizing oxygen species and H2O2 by sulphides due to the catalytic activity of sulphide surfaces. The inherent formation of H2O2 by single and mixture of sulphide minerals during wet and dry grinding systems and in open and closed environments have been investigated. It was found that pyrite (FeS2), chalcopyrite (CuFeS2), sphalerite ((Zn,Fe)S), and galena (PbS) generated H2O2 in pulp liquid during wet grinding in the presence and absence of dissolved oxygen in water and also when the freshly dry ground solids are placed in water immediately after grinding. Pyrite generated more H2O2 than other sulphide minerals and the order of H2O2 production by the minerals found to be pyrite > chalcopyrite > sphalerite > galena. The pH of water influenced the extent of hydrogen peroxide formation where higher amounts of H2O2 are produced at highly acidic pH. The amount of H2O2 formed also increased with increasing sulphide mineral loading and grinding time due to increased surface area and its interaction with water. The sulphide surfaces are highly catalytically active and capable of breaking down the water molecule leading to hydroxyl free radicals. Type of grinding medium on formation of hydrogen peroxide by pyrite and galena revealed that the mild steel produced more H2O2 than stainless steel grinding medium, where Fe2+ and/or Fe3+ ions played a key role in producing higher amounts of H2O2. In addition, the effect of mixed sulphide minerals, i.e., pyrite–chalcopyrite, pyrite–galena, chalcopyrite–galena and sphalerite–pyrite, sphalerite–chalcopyrite and sphalerite–galena on the formation of H2O2 showed increasing H2O2 formation with increasing the content of a nobler mineral or higher rest potential mineral in a mixed composition. The results of H2O2 formation in pulp liquid of sulphide minerals and mixed minerals at different experimental conditions have been explained by Eh–pH diagrams of these minerals and the existence of free metal ions that are equally responsible for H2O2 formation besides surfaces catalytic activity. The results also corroborate the amount of H2O2 production with the rest potential of the sulphide minerals; higher is the rest potential more is the formation of H2O2. Most likely H2O2 is answerable for the oxidation of sulphide minerals and dissolution of non-ferrous metal sulphides in the presence of ferrous sulphide besides the galvanic interactions. Studies have also been carried out to build correlation between percentage of pyrite in the concentrate, grinding conditions and concentration of OH•/H2O2 in the pulp and as well of controlling the formation of these species through known chemical means for depressing the generation of the oxidant. Flotation tests using a complex sulphide ore with the same reagent scheme that is being used at Boliden concentrator but with the addition of collector and depressant during grinding stage have been performed to judge the beneficial or detrimental role of H2O2 on the selective flotation of sulphides. The results demonstrate that the selectivity of metal sulphides against pyrite increases with increasing generation of H2O2 in the pulp liquid. This study highlights the necessity of revisiting into the electrochemical and/or galvanic interactions between the grinding medium and sulphide minerals, and interaction mechanisms between pyrite and other sulphide minerals in terms of their flotation behaviour, leaching and environmental degradation in the context of inevitable H2O2 existence in the pulp liquid.

  • 96.
    Mwanga, Abdul
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Rosenkranz, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Testing of Ore Comminution Behavior in the Geometallurgical Context: A Review2015Ingår i: Minerals, ISSN 2075-163X, E-ISSN 2075-163X, Vol. 5, nr 2, s. 276-297Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Comminution tests are an important element in the proper design of orebeneficiation plants. In the past, test work has been conducted for particular representative reference samples. Within geometallurgy the entire ore body is explored in order to further identify the variation within the resource and to establish spatial geometallurgical domains that show the differential response to mineral processing. Setting up a geometallurgical program for an ore deposit requires extensive test work. Methods for testing the comminution behavior must therefore be more efficient in terms of time and cost but also with respect to sample requirements. The integration of the test method into the geometallurgical modeling framework is also important. This paper provides an overview of standard comminution test methods used for the investigation of ore comminution behavior and evaluates their applicability and potential in the geometallurgical context.

  • 97.
    Lishchuk, Viktor
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Koch, Pierre-Henri
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lund, Cecilia
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    The geometallurgical framework: Malmberget and Mikheevskoye case studies2015Ingår i: Mining Science, ISSN 2300-9586, Vol. 22, nr Special Issue 2, s. 57-66Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Geometallurgy is a growing area within a mineral processing industry. It brings together tasks of geologists and mineral processing engineers to do short and medium term production planning. However, it is also striving to deal with long term tasks such as changes in either production flow sheet or considering different scenarios. This paper demonstrates capabilities of geometallurgy through two case studies from perspective of Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering division Lulea University of Technology. A classification system of geometallurgical usages and approaches was developed in order to describe a working framework. A practical meaning of classification system was proved in two case studies: Mikheevskoye (Russia) and Malmberget (Sweden) projects. These case studies, where geometallurgy was applied in a rather systematic way, have shown the amount of work required for moving the project within the geometallurgical framework, which corresponds to shift of the projects location within the geometallurgical classification system.

  • 98.
    Lamberg, Pertti
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Parian, Mehdi
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Lund, Cecilia
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Using Mineral rather than Elemental Grades in Mineral Resource Estimate: Motivation and Techniques2015Ingår i: Mineral Resources in a Sustainable World / [ed] A.S. Andre-Mayer; M. Cathelineau; P. Muchez; E. Pirard; S. Sindern, 2015, s. 1423-1425Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Mineral resource estimates of metallic ores use traditionally elemental grades when describing the quality of the deposit. This information is very defective as it does not take into account how much of metal is recoverable. When considering the processing properties of an ore, i.e. geometallurgy, more comprehensive picture could be received if the resource model would report mineral grades rather than elemental grades. This is because minerals define the value and possible processing options of the deposit. Techniques commonly used for an analysis of mineral composition, i.e. modal analysis, are either tedious or poor in quality. This paper shows with few examples how reliable modal analysis can be done by combining diagnostic analysis methods with element to mineral conversion.

  • 99.
    Jonsén, Pär
    et al.
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Material- och solidmekanik.
    Stener, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Pålsson, Bertil
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Häggblad, Hans-Åke
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för teknikvetenskap och matematik, Material- och solidmekanik.
    Validation of a model for physical interactions between pulp, charge and mill structure in tumbling mills2015Ingår i: Minerals Engineering, ISSN 0892-6875, E-ISSN 1872-9444, Vol. 73, s. 77-84Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Modelling the pulp fluid and its simultaneous interactions with both the charge and the mill structure is an interesting challenge. The interactions have previously been modelled for dry grinding with a combination of discrete element method (DEM), smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) and the finite element method (FEM), where the DEM particles or SPH particles represent the grinding balls and FEM is used to model the mill structure. In this work, the previous model is extended to include fluids with SPH. Wet milling with water and a magnetite pulp, for graded and mono-size charges are numerically modelled and validated. The internal working of the charge and the physical interaction between the charge and the mill structure is studied. The combined SPH–DEM–FEM model presented here can predict the classical DEM results, but can also predict responses from the mill structure, as well as the pulp liquid flow and pressure. Validation is conducted by comparing numerical results with experimental measurements from grinding in an instrumented small-scale batch ball mill equipped with an accurate torque metre. The simulated charge movement is also compared with high speed video of the charge movement for a number of cases. Numerical results are in good agreement with experimental measurements

  • 100.
    Stener, Jan
    Luleå tekniska universitet, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Mineralteknik och metallurgi.
    Wet Low-Intensity Magnetic Separation: Measurement methods and Modelling2015Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    In the mining industry, ferromagnetic particles (e.g. magnetite) are concentrated using wet low-intensity magnetic separation (LIMS). Mineral particles in suspension with water are pumped into the separator tank, and a magnetic concentrate is extracted by use of magnetic forces. The performance of the process is to a large extent controlled by the internal flow conditions in the separator, governed by process and machine settings. Due to the machine design these settings are not independent, and in some cases it can be difficult to reach optimal process performance. The main purpose of this work has been to find a measurement method capable of monitoring internal material transport in the wet LIMS, and use these data, together with numerical flow modelling, to get an increased understanding about the separation process.Since the mineral slurry entering the separator is essentially opaque, and the solids concentration is rather high, an ultrasound-based method was selected for the internal measurements. It is of interest to monitor both the internal flow patterns, as well as material build-up resulting from the magnetic field. The method development and evaluation proceeded in steps with increasing complexity, with later stages building on experience from the former. Initial measurements were done in model systems with simple geometries, and over a range of flow velocities corresponding to flow velocities in full-scale magnetic separators. Additional measurements were done on model systems under influence of a magnetic field of varying strength. After the measurement methods were verified in controlled laboratory conditions they were evaluated in real world conditions; in situ at the LKAB pilot plant in Malmberget, Sweden.For the pilot scale experiments a setup with two ultrasound transducers, mounted at the bottom of the separator tank, was used. The factors included in the designed experiment were the feed solids concentration, drum rotational speed, position of the concentrate weir, and the magnet assembly angle. Based on this investigation the drum rotational speed was the factor having the strongest influence on the overall flow velocity in the dewatering zone. Also, the presence of a recirculating flow transporting gangue particles away from the concentrate was confirmed. The factor with strongest influence on this flow is also the drum rotational speed, together with the magnet assembly angle. Using this method it is possible make high quality measurements of internal flow velocity profiles. It is also possible to monitor material build-up on the separator drum, and e.g. detect overload of magnetic material.The ultrasound based measurement system resulting from this work measures particle velocity based on a cross-correlation principle. Two consecutive ultrasound pulse-echo signals are cross-correlated piece-wise, to obtain a local velocity estimate. By measuring the suspension flow from two directions, using two transducers, 2D velocity vectors can be estimated. Using the same measured data, but instead studying how the spectral contents of the signal vary with axial distance from the transducer, a qualitative measure of variations in local solids concentration can be obtained.During this work several aspects of wet LIMS have been studied, with focus on the internal material transport processes inside the separators. State-of-the-art measurement methods have been utilized to monitor the material flow inside the separators. Particle capture and entrainment have been studied on the particle level using numerical flow modelling. Measurement results have been linked to operational conditions of the separators. The insights gained, and the methods developed, have generated new possibilities to control, optimise, and develop the wet LIMS process.Keywords: Wet low-intensity magnetic separation, magnetite beneficiation, in-line process monitoring, pulse-echo ultrasound, ultrasonic velocity profiling, solids concentration, signal processing, windowed cross-correlation, power spectral density, numerical flow modelling.

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