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Principles of Mineral Processing

Editors: Maurice C. Fuerstenau, Kenneth N. Han
Published by Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration - 2003
584 pages

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This comprehensive reference examines all aspects of minerals processing, from the handling of raw materials to separation strategies to the remediation of waste products. The book incorporates state-of-the-art developments in the fields of engineering, chemistry, computer science, and environmental science and explains how these disciplines contribute to the ultimate goal of producing minerals and metals economically from ores.

With contributions from more than 20 recognized authorities, this thorough reference presents the most current thinking on the science and technology of mineral processing.

The book is an indispensable textbook for students of mineral processing and hydrometallurgy, and a practical reference for seasoned industry professionals interested in improving operational efficiencies. It presents the principles that govern various unit operations in mineral processing along with examples that illustrate how these principles apply to real-world situations. Topics are arranged in the order of the typical processing sequence, including comminution, separation, flotation, hydrometallurgy, and waste handling.

Chapters include:

  • Introduction
  • Particle Characterization
  • Size Reduction and Liberation
  • Size Separation
  • Movement of Solids in Liquids
  • Gravity Concentration
  • Magnetic and Electrostatic Separation
  • Flotation
  • Liquid-Solid Separation
  • Metallurgical Balances and Efficiency
  • Bulk Solids Handling
  • Hydrometallurgy and Solution Kinetics
  • Mineral Processing Wastes and Their Remediation
  • Economics of the Minerals Industry

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