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Mineral Processing Plant Design, Practice, and Control

Editors: A.L. Mular, D.N. Halbe, D.J. Barratt
Published by Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration - 2002
2500 pages in two volumes

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A comprehensive and authoritative look and the latest thinking in minerals processing plant design and operations from the mining industry’s leading engineers, consultants, and operators.

The 138 papers cover all aspects of plant design—from concept to pilot plant to full-scale production. In addition to valuable guidance on overall project management, papers address the design, optimization, and control of all related processes, including crushing and grinding, separation, flotation, pumping and material transport, pre-oxidation, extraction, and proper disposal of by-products and tailings.

Mineral Processing Plant Design, Practice, and Control is a new standard text for university-level instruction and a valuable guidebook for operators considering new construction, plant renovations, or expansions. Most of all, it’s a practical, quick reference for engineers, consultants, suppliers, manufacturers, or anyone involved in the design or operation of a minerals processing plant.

Papers are divided into the following easy-to-reference sections:

  • Sampling
  • Bench-Scale and Pilot Plant Testwork
  • Financial and Feasibility Studies
  • Comminution (Crushing and Grinding)
  • Size Separation
  • Solid Solid Separation
  • Flotation
  • Solid Liquid Separation
  • Pumping, Material Transport, Drying, and Storage
  • Pre-Oxidation
  • Leaching and Adsorption Circuits
  • Extraction
  • Bullion Production and Refining
  • Tailings Disposal, Wastewater Disposal, and the Environment
  • Construction Materials for Equipment and Plants
  • Power, Water, and Support Facilities
  • Process Control and Instrumentation
  • Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Management
  • Start-up, Commissioning, and Training
  • Case Studies


This reviewer enjoyed reading all the 2,500 pages of Mineral Processing Plant Design, Practice, and Control. The two volumes consist of 161 papers. The proceedings start with sampling and continue through all the procedures of minerals processing including case studies. Every paper is of the highest quality and will be of great interest and value to students, professors, metallurgists, plant engineers, management, design and construction firms, consultants, and even those who finance the building of mineral processsing plants.

Of particular interest to this reviewer were the sections on Process Control and Instrumentation, Startup, Commissioning and Training, and, most importantly, Success Strategies for Building New Mining Projects. The latter should be studied and followed by all management people and those in the engineering and construction fields. By doing so, there will be no more mineral processing plants that fail, as several have done in recent years.

This reviewer recommends that every person in the minerals processing field purchase these two volumes. Robert S. Shoemaker


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