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DOI: 10.5593/SGEM2014/B13/S4.101

ADVANTAGES OF MODERN AUTOMATED MINERALOGY APPROACH FOR FEASIBILITY STUDIES SUPPORT ON EXAMPLE OF KARAKUL POLYMETALLIC DEPOSIT (RUSSIA)

O. Knauf, E.Belogub
Wednesday 1 October 2014 by Libadmin2014

References: 14th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference SGEM 2014, www.sgem.org, SGEM2014 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-09-4 / ISSN 1314-2704, June 19-25, 2014, Book 1, Vol. 3, 795-802 pp

ABSTRACT
The main aim of the study was to show a modern mineralogical approach in mineral processing studies on the example of Karakul polymetallic deposit (Russia). Initial question of the study was to quantitatively evaluate Co, Bi, W and Cu mineralogy, association, distribution and granulometry. The study was performed by using the modern approaches of automated mineralogy, particularly MLA (Mineral Liberation Analyser). Within the study the Co, Bi, W and Cu phases of ore from Karakul deposit were studied from the beneficiation point of view (phase’s occurrence, quantity, association, liberation and grain size distribution). As well the recommendations for the beneficiation process workflow were stated on the bases of the study results. The study showed that automated mineralogy approach in addition to the main mineralogical data gives quantitative statistic information on commodity minerals, with varying composition, quantitative characteristics of liberation, grain sizes and shapes. However, the approach is only the tool in specialist hands, without which the results could be contradictory.

Keywords: Karakul, automated, technological, mineralogy, MLA.

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