Special Issue "Heap Leaching: The State-of-the-Art"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2017)
Prof. Dr. Jochen Petersen
Economically-significant quantities of gold, silver, copper, and uranium are currently extracted using heap leaching technology, and the technology is being explored also for nickel, zinc, PGMs, rare earths, as well as electronic circuit boards and nitrate minerals. Design of heap leach operations, to this day, relies more on experience-based approaches combined with empirical testing. At the same time, a substantial body of fundamental knowledge around the mechanisms of heap leaching has been developed, such as gas and solution flow, heat transport, particle-level reaction phenomena, microbial colonisation phenomena, etc.
Heap leach practice and fundamental knowledge have developed in parallel, sometimes informing each other, but, to a large extent, in isolation. True innovation in the field can much more readily flow from an open exchange of knowledg between theory and practice, and it is the intention of this Special Issue to foster this exchange.
Mr. Petrus J. van Staden
Prof. Dr. Jochen Petersen
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- the impact of different blasting and crushing and ore handling methods on heap performance
- agglomeration and curing phenomena
- leaching kinetics
- different commodities
- different leaching chemistry
- ore mineralogy and gangue chemistry
- modelling studies
- from laboratory data to engineering specifications
- methods/devices for detection, monitoring and control