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Minerals Process Optimisation
The future of the battery supply chain
The 2020 AusIMM Li & Battery Conference provided new and interesting insights into the future battery metals market. Emerging themes focus on adopting sustainable processing practices, diversifying the supply chain, and process-intensive market opportunities to introduce manufacturing capabilities to capture more downstream value-adding processes.
Flocculants and tailings
Understanding, choosing and implementing the right flocculant can improve dewatering capabilities on your tailings treatments and TSF management.
Processing complex slurries
Emerging technology helping with rheological characterisation of complex slurries can improve processing and remove then need for a ‘dilution solution’
Industry placements to accelerate innovation
Staff secondments, exchanges and short term contracts are some ways we can embed our R&D expertise in your organisation to help you bridge knowledge gaps & build better processes
Breaking into the battery minerals market
The emergence of new ways to collaborate with external experts is providing better opportunities for mineral processing operations to break into the battery minerals market.
A new approach to tailings management
Tailings management has long been a concern in mineral processing operations, and recently has been brought back to our attention after multiple facility failures. In this month’s blog, we look at how switching from a reactive to a proactive approach to tailings management can provide more long term economic, social and safety benefits.
Finding value in in-situ recovery
In-situ recovery is providing a step towards invisible mining, helping more mineral processing operations lower their financial and environmental burdens
Improve your operational risk control
Learn how you can reduce and eliminate HSE risks in mineral processing operations through implementation of engineering controls for all significant hazards.
Dealing with low-grade ore
Emerging technologies are improving the characterisation and sorting capabilities of plants, allowing them to divert low-grade ore from downstream processing.
Greener and safer leaching options
Non-hazardous leaching alternatives are slowly being explored and implemented across new & existing mining operations, creating sustainable practices to improve output and decrease risk. We share some golden examples.
Insights from 2019 World Gold Conference
To remain sustainable into the future, the Australian gold mining industry needs to engage innovators to help them address and resolve key environmental, social and governance issues.
Reducing the carbon intensity of metals production
Metal production relies strongly on carbon, and therefore reducing your carbon intensity is not simple. With growing pressure on operations to cut CO2 emissions our latest blog discusses different process changes that could reduce your carbon intensity.
Erosion of plant equipment
Preventing premature erosion of mineral processing equipment through fluids engineering can minimise the high-level cost and risk of relying on replacements
Insights from AusIMM Lithium & Battery Metals Conference 2019
The AUSIMM conference 2019 provided great insight into the switch towards including downstream processing in new battery minerals processing builds. As the opportunities for new processing operations increase, so do the expectations that mining operators will create value for local communities.
Falling ore grade and increasing ore complexity are making metallurgical testwork more challenging. We can help you overcome insufficient testing.
Optimising processes at pilot scale
Pilot scale facilities present a more accurate representation of process optimisation than other scale and modelling methods alone.
Insights from TMS 2019
TMS 2019 uncovered three key challenges facing the mineral processing sector this year, and into the future. Discover how these challenges could affect your operation and how you can overcome them.
The mixology of slurry
Changes in fluid technologies are making it possible for slurry mixing operations to achieve the same results without using baffles, reducing the risk and cost of downtime due to maintenance or faults.
Insights from Graphite+Anodes and Cathodes 2018
The ever-growing battery market has resulted in an increased demand for battery materials, providing the mineral processing industry a unique opportunity to increase production. Here are some key insights to consider before attempting to enter the battery market.
Optimising slurry transport
Slurry transport is a complex process involving multiple phenomena, with optimisation requiring deep understanding and clever solutions. By proactively addressing operational risks, you can optimise your processes for more effective slurry transport, resulting in reduced energy consumption and increased productivity.
Complete value recovery
Many titano-magnetite ore producers risk economic instability by focusing operations on recovery of only one core mineral. Developing new processes for complete value recovery can increase the viability and longevity of an operation.
Optimising electrowinning operations
Increased production is necessary to meet demands for base metals. Optimising electrowinning operations is one way to improve production and decrease risk to business.
You can work with CSIRO
There are many ways you can use CSIRO for your R&D. And it's not as hard as you may think. Read about the ways you can engage with us to invigorate and innovate your business.
Overcoming inefficiencies in flash smelting
Flash smelters could now be at risk of decreased throughput, thanks to the rising complexity of feedstock. Discover how computer modelling can help you reduce inefficiency.
Fluid flow in minerals processing
Are you missing the opportunity to improve fluid flow in minerals processing? Many organisations suffer low throughput on their fluid flow minerals processing. Find out how you can optimise.
Maximising value from waste materials
Waste accompanies mineral processing and product production.Extracting value from waste products, through recycling, re-processing and re-purposing, enables companies to manage waste production and stockpiling. Our high temperature modelling can help you achieve sustainable approaches to waste management and value recovery.
Heat transfer modelling
As high-quality ores are depleted, more metal smelters are having to smelt less desirable materials. Find out how you can optimise your smelting operations when using complex ores with CSIRO’s Heat Transfer Modelling.
Key Insights from TMS 2018
By Mark Cooksey What’s the future of metals, minerals and materials? This year the annual TMS conference was bigger and […]
Smelting process development
Developing high-temperature smelting processes can be difficult and expensive. Our multi-scale framework approach can help you test and scope the effects of your feedstock to make better decisions and streamline your process development.
Are you prepared for rising feedstock complexity?
Smelting operations are facing some major changes in order to deal with the rising complexity of feedstock materials. Understanding minor element deportment of your feedstock can reduce risk and deliver lucrative opportunities.
Optimise slurry mixing tanks
Slurry mixing tanks are vital to any particulate processing, but there are high costs surrounding planned and unplanned maintenance. Read how we can help you optimise the performance of your slurry mixing tanks and potentially save you millions with Swirl Flow.
Optimising plant energy efficiency
Energy wastage can be an expensive cost in electrolysis and electrowinning processes. We can help you improve the maintenance process of electrical connections in your smelter to achieve optimum plant energy efficiency.
Evaluating future metal demand
The World Bank report ‘The Growing Role of Minerals and Metals for a Low Carbon Future’ report contains a detailed analysis of how the trend towards sustainability will affect the future demand for metals, which is valuable for investment and planning decisions. We present two key considerations that need to be factored in to this analysis to ensure you’re making the right decision for your business.
Measuring plant process parameters
Obtaining accurate measures of your plant’s process parameters can be complex but essential for your plant’s performance. We dive deep into the benefits and difficulties associated with measuring process parameters & help you identify how best to employ measurement in your plant.
Sustainability in metal production
Understand how you can leverage Life Cycle Assessment in your operation to improve sustainability and reduce costs of metal production.
High energy demand: The impact on metal production
High energy demand and rising energy costs present a growing challenge for the metal production sector. Understand what you can do to mitigate this issue in your organisation.
Carbon Steel Futures
The relevance and application of textural information across the value chain
Changes in the iron ore industry have been a huge point of discussion over the last year. Read our wrap-up of the series and how we have identified challenges and solutions in iron ore processing.
Does low grade ore mean low performance?
If you’re a low grade ore producer, and beneficiation isn’t a viable option, what do you do? Learn how understanding the properties of your ore can help you maximise performance.
Improve lump/fines prediction by understanding porosity
Optimise your planning and predictions with a comprehensive study into your product. Partner with CSIRO to benefit from an increased understanding of ore pore structure.
Preparing for new and renewed challenges and implementing counter-strategies
Find out how CSIRO can help you improve your iron ore quality, to meet the increasing demand for higher-grade ore.
Optical image analysis for textural ore classification
Learn how you can use CSIRO’s Mineral4/Recognition4 Optical Image Analysis system for ore classification and gain more accurate details on ore texture.
The impact of short-term variability of deposits for iron ore processing
Uncover how you can minimise the effects of unexpected material variability in iron ore processing, and across the whole iron ore value chain.
Key Insights from the Iron Ore 2017 Conference
Keith Vining, CSIRO Carbon Futures team leader, gives his summary of the key industry insights he picked up from the Iron Ore 2017 conference in Perth.
Understanding iron ore analytical tools.
Understand the 7 iron ore analytical tools that will help you drive process efficiencies, reduce costs and optimise mine planning.
The impact of goethitic ore types across the value chain
Understanding the impact variation in both the chemical and physical properties of goethitic ore types can have on your production process can deliver benefits to your bottom line.
Understanding the effects of goethitic iron ore
With increasing amounts of goethitic iron ore being mined, the opportunity to implement a textural classification scheme to deal with its behavioural characteristics can optimise ore-processing performance.