Innovative projects underway at Grinding Solutions with two new work experience placements
Grinding Solutions is excited to welcome David Coulton and George Riley to continue to work on innovative and exciting technologies in the mineral processing industry.
David is currently in his 2nd year at Camborne School of Mines. He is working with Klaas van der Wielen to streamline and verify a statistical simulation of flotation mass yield, recovery and concentrate grade incorporating losses and dilution from liberation analysis data. Once verified, the simulation will allow Grinding Solutions to give fast and reliable results to clients without requiring large amounts of test material. In the future, the simulation has the potential to be tailored to almost all separation techniques, making it an excellent tool for prefeasibility studies.
In addition to this, David will be assisting our metallurgist Jack Carr in final preparations for publication of his Masters project on biohydrometallurgy, and the effects of fine grinding as a pre-treatment of biological leaching. This is also an area that Grinding Solutions are expanding into, with preparations nearly complete for the set-up of our new cyanide, hydrometallurgical and bio-leaching lab.
George is currently studying for a master’s degree at Camborne School of Mines in Mining Geology after reading Geology at University College London which he graduated with first class honours.
George’s masters project is being carried out in conjunction with Grinding Solutions and Chris Bryan at the Environmental and Sustainability Institute (ESI) at the University of Exeter. This research and development project is also linked with a major mining company. The aim of the project is to investigate the processing of a copper slag material. This will involve grinding and flotation test work at Grinding Solutions, to produce a sulphide concentrate at a range of size fractions. The resulting material will then be used to perform as series of chemical and biological leach tests at the Biohydromet labs on the University of Exeter Penryn campus.
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