Ore Microscopy Applied to Beneficiation
Ore microscopy can be an important adjunct to beneficiation, because it can be used not only to predict mill problems of undeveloped ore deposits but to identify the causes for the loss of minerals in the products of operating mines and mills. Mineral distribution among various mill products can be determined by examining polished sections prepared from samples obtained from each step of the beneficiation process. The degree of liberation of each mineral can be quantitively determined for each mill product by counting locked vs. free particles. For many beneficiation problems, the preparation of a few polished sections of carefully selected mill products can yield useful information, which the mill dressing engineer can effectively use to alleviate those problems.
R. D. Hagni, "Ore Microscopy Applied to Beneficiation," Mining Engineering, vol. 30, no. 10, pp. 1437-1447, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Oct 1978.
Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Ore Analysis - Microscopic Examination; Ore Treatment
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