As ore bodies become harder to mine and their grade decreases, the challenge intensifies to develop more efficient processes for metal recovery to meet increasing world demand. At the same time, competition for scarce water resources and the need to reduce consumption of fossil fuels while remaining financially viable in a tighter economy offers the opportunity for innovative process development. The Mineral Processing Group’s research focuses on process modelling and development, primarily in the areas of physical processing, pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy. The projects are industrially-relevant and sponsored, and range from fundamental studies to process development. Techniques such as computational fluid dynamics and bonded particle modelling are used to simulate and investigate processes, while experimental investigations assist the development of new and low-energy hydrometallurgical processes for the recovery of both precious and base metals.
- Physical processing