Research Areas

The Centre for Minerals Research conducts research in the areas of comminution, classification, froth flotation and process mineralogy. Comminution research includes conventional crushers, high pressure grinding rolls, tumbling mills, roller mills, stirred mills and circuit modelling. Classification research includes cyclones, dry and wet screens. Flotation research includes flotation chemistry, flotation cells, flotation froths and circuit simulation. Process mineralogy research includes mineralogical textural descriptors and alteration processes. Approximately 40% of research is conducted within laboratories, 40% on either pilot or industrial plants and 20% by computational methods. The research activities of the Centre are supported by a strong technology transfer group (MPTech) responsible for translating research outcomes into process improvement. The overall purpose of this research is:

“The development of multicomponent models, methodologies and heuristics for the design, integrated simulation and optimization of mineral processing concentrators”.

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