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Testing of Ore Comminution Behavior in the Geometallurgical Context—A Review

Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering Laboratory, Luleå University of Technology, SE-971 87 Luleå, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Stephen E. Haggerty
Minerals 2015, 5(2), 276-297;
Received: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 12 May 2015 / Published: 19 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Geometallurgy)
Comminution tests are an important element in the proper design of ore beneficiation 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: geometallurgy; comminution behavior; metallurgical testing geometallurgy; comminution behavior; metallurgical testing
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Mwanga, A.; Rosenkranz, J.; Lamberg, P. Testing of Ore Comminution Behavior in the Geometallurgical Context—A Review. Minerals 2015, 5, 276-297.

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