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  • Fundamentals of Mineral and Metallurgical Processing
  • Geometallurgy for Mineral Processing in the Energy Transition
  • Industry Practice in the Processing and Refining of Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Minerals and the Manufacture of Battery Cells
  • The Influences of Ore Mineralogy, Technological Advances and the Gold Price on Gold Production Trends Over the Centuries

Course location: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Fundamentals of Mineral and Metallurgical Processing

Sunday, September 29, 2024 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Member $325 | Nonmember $385
Course includes: Course notes, Coffee breaks, Lunch and 7 PDH

Overview

This short course is open to anyone wanting to learn about mineral processing and extractive metallurgy operations. It is good as a refresher or introductory course and particularly targets mining and geological professionals, particularly those needing a background in metallurgy (i.e., geometallurgy). In this regard, the course begins with simple concepts such as sampling, analysis (mineralogical, chemical and size), material balances and smelter schedules. It then introduces attendees to processing methods and equipment, mostly those utilized in the mining industry but also the recycling industry. Various unit operations are reviewed including comminution (crushing, grinding, screening and classification), mineral separations (flotation, magnetic, gravity and electrostatic), and metal production and purification (hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy and electrometallurgy) as well as environmental management (dewatering, tailings disposal, and waste treatment for water, dust and air). Flowsheets of typical operations are reviewed throughout with implications on flowsheet development.

 

Topics/Content

Morning Session: History, Definitions, Mineral Properties, Basic Processing, Mass Balancing and Blending; Recovery-Grade Curves, Flowsheets and Unit Operations, Smelter Schedules, Particle Size, Comminution, Sizing, Sampling, and Analysis.

Afternoon Session: Solid-Liquid Separation ‐ Thickening, Filtering, Centrifuging and Drying; Mineral Separation by Gravity, Magnetic, Electrostatic and Flotation; Hydrometallurgy Separation by Leaching, Solvent Extraction, Resin Adsorption, Precipitation and Electrowinning; Pyrometallurgy Separation by Calcining, Roasting, Smelting, Refining and Fused-Salt Electrolysis.

 

Instructors

Courtney Young
Montana Technological University, Butte, MT

Corby G. Anderson
Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Geometallurgy for Mineral Processing in the Energy Transition

Sunday, September 29, 2024 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Member $325 | Nonmember $385
Course includes: Course notes, Coffee breaks, Lunch and 7 PDH

Overview/Content

The mining industry needs to address the significant new challenges brought about by the transition to clean energy sources. This means processing of low-grade, highly variable and complex ores with critical co- and by-product trace elements. It is necessary to fully characterize these new ores, concentrates, tailings and waste rock in the context of their technical, environmental and social impacts.

Geometallurgy is a proven strategy for effective ore characterization and improved prediction of process variability. It can be used across the minerals project development stages, from new projects to operating mines and closure, to enhance economics and reduce risk. It is a smart fit for the new clean energy economy.

Short course participants will embark on an exploration journey in which the main theme will be the importance of understanding the characteristics and variability of the materials being processed or disposed of in storage facilities. They will gain an appreciation of the diversity of techniques and methodologies to effectively conduct a geometallurgy program.

This course is designed for anyone active in the minerals industry looking to gain knowledge of geometallurgy applied to the clean energy transition. Among the people who can benefit from this course include metallurgists, chemical and process engineers, geoscientists, mine planners and project managers.

Geometallurgy for mineral processing increases the value in both ore and waste streams. The tools and techniques presented help guide professionals to consider other valuable elements and ensure the right data are available to take informed decisions.

 

Instructors

Karin Olson Hoal
Wold Family Professor in Environmental Balance for Human Sustainability
Cornell University, College of Engineering
Ithaca NY 14853

Regina Baumgartner
Section Leader, Applied Mineralogy and Geoscience
Teck Metals Ltd.
Trail, BC, Canada

Nichola McKay
Manager, Geometallurgy
Blue Coast Research
Parksville, BC, Canada

Industry Practice in the Processing and Refining of Electric Vehicle (EV) Battery Minerals and the Manufacture of Battery Cells

Sunday, September 29, 2024 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Member $325 | Nonmember $385
Course includes: Course notes, Coffee breaks, Lunch and 7 PDH

Overview

The term supply chain describes the process by which a product is made and delivered to a consumer. The steps involved in generating products and manufacturing an EV battery fall into following categories:

  • Mining and processing of ores to generate concentrates of battery minerals
  • Extraction and refining of battery mineral concentrates.
  • Manufacture of specialised battery components (cathodes, anodes, electrolytes, separators and castings)
  • Battery cell/pack production
  • Manufacture of vehicles and integration of battery and subsystem hardware
  • Recycling of batteries and recovery of critical materials

This course is designed for those involved and interested in the supply chain of critical mineral employed in the manufacture of electric vehicle (EV) batteries Among the people who can benefit from this course include miners, metallurgists, chemical and process engineers, university researchers, vendors and those interested how EV batteries are made.

 

Content

The course will include the following topics.

  • EV battery types, design, metal compounds/salts and quality specifications
  • Mineral processing of EV battery minerals and related specifications
  • Refining of battery minerals to metal compounds, specifications, and disposal issues
  • Brief review of recycling EV batteries
  • Brief review of up-and-coming technological advancements in battery cathode and anode components

The focus will be on the cathode metals, lithium, nickel, cobalt, and the anode material, graphite, with reference to the inclusion of manganese and silica in battery cell manufacturer.

 

Instructors

Michael Moats
Department Chair and Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Rahul Verma
Vice President of Analytics
Fractal Energy Storage Consultants

Robert Dunne
Principal
Robert Dunne Consulting

The Influences of Ore Mineralogy, Technological Advances and the Gold Price on Gold Production Trends Over the Centuries

Sunday, September 29, 2024 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Member $325 | Nonmember $385
Course includes: Course notes, Coffee breaks, Lunch and 7 PDH

Overview

The course introduction will include a brief examination of the frequency of new gold discoveries, new technology developments in gold extraction and the role of the marketplace on global gold production over the centuries.

The course will be of value to those in management as well as operations in gold mining companies. It will examine in detail the technology advances and new technology developments that have occurred, particularly over in the last 120 years, in response to the gold price and gold demand, decreasing gold grades, increasing complexity in gold mineralogy and increasing cost of environmental compliance and social license. The course will be pitched at a level that will be easily understandable by all registrants.

Content

  • Advances in gravity separation.
  • The development of the cyanidation process.
  • The quest to find alternatives to cyanidation.
  • The developments of activated carbon-based processes (CIP, CIL, CIC).
  • The development of heap leaching to treat lower grade, oxidized gold ore bodies.
  • The impact of gold mineralogy and advances in froth flotation to recover “refractory” gold as a concentrate.
  • The development of oxidation processes to treat sulphide flotation concentrates, such as roasting, pressure oxidation, bacterial oxidation and the elusive quest for “cheaper” oxidation alternatives.
  • Environmental compliance and the development of cyanide detoxification and cyanide recovery processes.

Instructors

Christopher A Fleming
SGS Minerals
Lakefield, Ont, Canada