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Geometallurgical Flowsheet as a Tool for Designing and Communicating Geometallurgical Programs

Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Minerals 2018, 8(9), 372; https://doi.org/10.3390/min8090372
Received: 30 June 2018 / Revised: 17 August 2018 / Accepted: 22 August 2018 / Published: 28 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geometallurgy)
This paper introduces the concept of using a geometallurgical flowsheet as a tool to design, visualize and communicate a geometallurgical program. The development of the concept is carried out using a case study of an industrial mineral mining operation. A modified Integration Definition for Function Modeling (IDEF0) technique is proposed as a methodology to develop the geometallurgical flowsheet. The geometallurgical program is defined as a summary of the operations necessary to develop and validate the geometallurgical model. The geometallurgical model is defined as the function that links georeferenced in-situ geological characteristics and a georeferenced measure of performance in a processing plant. The geometallurgical flowsheet in this study is developed both as a general concept as well as a case-specific illustration based on the example of the Verdalskalk AS industrial mineral operation. View Full-Text
Keywords: geometallurgical flowsheet; geometallurgical model; geometallurgical program; IDEF0; industrial minerals geometallurgical flowsheet; geometallurgical model; geometallurgical program; IDEF0; industrial minerals
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Lang, A.M.; Ellefmo, S.L.; Aasly, K. Geometallurgical Flowsheet as a Tool for Designing and Communicating Geometallurgical Programs. Minerals 2018, 8, 372.

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