Cornwall Mining Alliance (CMA) member, Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, is convening a symposium on advancements in tungsten and tantalum processing techniques. The conference is free of charge to attend and will be hosted at Heartlands, Pool – a mining World Heritage Gateway site and CMA member.

Our modern economy is highly dependent on specific raw materials most of which are scarce in the EU or occurring within complex and low-grade ore bodies. This makes exploitation difficult and often unfeasible due to excessive production costs and energy/water use.

The EU funded OptimOre project is a joint project between 8 partners spread across Europe which seeks to address this issue for tungsten and tantalum by the optimisation of ore processing technologies by improved modelling and flexible process control.

The Optimore Symposium on the 25th January 2018 will highlight the key results in improvements to crushing, grinding and separation by gravity, magnetic and flotation methods. The symposium will show that the models and process control techniques developed have relevancy not only for tungsten and tantalum but for many ore minerals found in the UK and European Union.

Why Attend?

The symposium presentations will reveal details that can be used to make any mineral processing scheme more efficient including:

  • Details of material characterisation
  • New breakage and energy behaviours
  • New prediction models
  • Review of best practice
  • Expert system design
  • Simulation techniques

A series of talks will be given by leading international experts, including Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universitat Universidad de Oviedo, EDMA Innova, Chalmers University of Technology, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology, Interkonsult Ltd, as well as representatives from Camborne School of Mines.

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