The separation or beneficiation processes are conducted in many devices and concern many various types of minerals and raw materials. The aim of conducting these processes is always to achieve the best possible results allowing as much of the useful component as possible to be obtained by maintaining reasonable costs of the process. Therefore, it is important to have the possibility to monitor the process effects and to have efficient tools to evaluate the course of it. Generally, the ore’s ability to partition into concentrate and tailings is called its efficiency, upgradeability etc. It can be said that there is no unambiguous measure of upgradeability and there are many factors in use which enable to evaluate it qualitatively. Among them are such commonly known parameters as: recovery, losses, yield, upgrading ratio and many others. They are based on three principal parameters that is the average content of the useful component α, the contents of this component in concentrate β and the contents of this component in tailings ϑ. For a given ore (assuming that α = constant), the multi-product separation results can be treated as points of a trajectory located on the surface of factor w in a three dimensional space (β, ϑ, w). The course of the trajectory depends on the ore petrographic and mineralogical properties preparation for the process. For these reasons, searching for optimal (potential) possibilities of the ore is relative, which is presented in the example of Halbich, Fuerstenau and Madej upgrading curves. Such curves are efficient tools to evaluate the course of a separation (beneficiation) process and each of their types allow the effects to be shown in different perspective. Apart from this, they allow also the optimal feed conditions to conduct a certain process with aim of achieving the expected results to be found. Furthermore, the effect of the ore preparation on the flotation results, on the sum of recoveries of the useful component in concentrate and residual recovery in tailings is presented in the paper. The results indicated that any additional contamination of concentrate should be taken into account during the organization of the flotation process. In this way, the results of fractionated flotation have much valuable information to establish the course of the process.
The study included bituminous coal seams (30 samples coal from the Bogdanka and Chełm deposits) of the Lublin Formation, the most coal-bearing strata in the best developed and recognized in terms of mining parts of the Lublin Coal Basin in Poland. High phosphorus concentrations in coal of the Lublin Formation were found (1375 g/Mg) as well as P2O5 in coal ash (2.267 wt%). The phosphorus contents in coal and coal ash from the 385 and 391 coal seams in the area of the Lubelski Coal Bogdanka Mine and in the area of its SE neighbor is the highest (max. 2.644 wt. % in coal and 6.055 wt. % of P2O5 in coal ash). It has been shown that mineral matter effectively affects phosphorus contents in coal and coal ash. At the same time, phosphate minerals (probably apatite and crandallite) present in kaolinite aggregates of tonsteins contain the most of phosphorus and have the greatest impact on the average P content in the 382, 385, 387, and 391. The secondary source of phosphorus in these coal seams and main source of phosphorus in these coal deposits that do not contain mineral matter of pyroclastic origin (378, 389, 394) may be clay minerals, which absorbed phosphorus compounds derived from organic matter released during coalification. Phosphorus-rich ash from the combustion of the Lublin Formation coal tend to be environmentally beneficial to the environment and also useful for improving the soil quality. Due to the low degree of coalification and high content of phosphorus in coal, this coals of little use for coking.
Widespread opinion holds that calcareous rocks have limited suitability for use in the production of aggregates and stone products having adequate frost resistance. However, some of the rocks, in particular those from earlier geological periods, provide a promising alternative to silicate rocks. The paper presents results of the analysis of Devonian carbonate rock originating from two selected mines in the Swietokrzyskie region. The examined mines extract limestone from two different deposits of the same age. The rock samples are collected from beds lying at different depths, distinct in texture and color in macroscopic examination. It was found that despite the changes in bulk density, porosity and absorption, all the examined samples were frost resistant. Using the Differential Analysis of Volumetric Strain method, the content of ice formed in the pore spaces was determined. In addition, the ratio of the content of water capable of freezing to the total pore volume, and the total amount of water absorbed due to capillary action in rock samples soaked in water, were analyzed. In all cases, it was revealed that the destructive action of freezing water was weakened due to a relatively low content of water capable of freezing and a substantial volume of pores that are not filled with water in capillary absorption. It is extremely important to be able to classify the available rock material. The generally adopted methods, including absorptivity tests, do not allow for precise categorization. In the investigations, the authors focused on the analysis of the basic factors that are decisive for rock durability, including bulk density, pore filling level and volume absorption. The authors do not correspond compressive strength and resistance to abrasion as this will be the subject of further research.
The optimization of cut-off grades is a fundamental issue for metallic ore deposits. The cut-off grade is used to classify the material as ore or waste. Due to the time value of money, in order to achieve the maximum net present value, an optimum schedules of cut-off grades must be used. The depletion rate is the rate of depletion of a mineral deposit. Variable mining costs are to be applied to the really excavated material, as some of the depletion can be left in-situ. Due to access constraints, some of the blocks that have an average grade less than the determined cut-off grade are left in-situ, some of them are excavated and dumped as waste material. Naturally, variable mining costs should be applied to the blocks of a mineral deposit that are actually excavated. The probability density function of an exponential distribution is used to find the portion of the depletion rate over the production rate that is to be left in-situ. As a result, inverse probability density function is to be applied as the portion of the depletion rate over the production rate that is to be excavated and dumped. The parts of a mineral deposit that are excavated but will be dumped as waste material incur some additional cost of rehabilitation that is to be included in the algorithm of the cut-off grades optimization. This paper describes the general problem of cut-off grades optimization and outlines the further extension of the method including various depletion rates and variable rehabilitation cost. The author introduces the general background of the use of grid search in cut-off grades optimization by using various depletion rates and variable rehabilitation cost. The software developed in this subject is checked by means of a case study.
At present, industrial development is increasing pollution of soils, air and natural waters. These pollutants have a negative effect on the health and life of living organisms. Metals which interfere with the natural biological balance and inhibit self-cleaning processes in water bodies have particularly toxic effects. Cobalt, which gets into the environment from industrial sewage from electrochemical plants and the metallurgical industry, also belong to this group. This is also relatively rare and precious element, so it is important to look for additional sources of its recovery. Chemical and physicochemical methods such as: precipitation, extraction, membrane processes – nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, sorption and ion exchange are used to recover cobalt. The choice of method depends on: the kind and composition of wastewaters as well as on form and concentration of the pollutants. Ion exchange resins produced by Purolite which were used to remove cobalt ions from solutions with concentrations corresponding to its contents in galvanic wastewater was the subject of the study. It has been shown that the C 160 ion exchange resin has the best the sorption properties for Co2+ ions (54.7 mg/g). In case of this ion exchange resin, after sorption process carried out in one 50 minute cycle, cobalt concentration decreased from about 30 g/L to about 9 g/L. The values of the sorption capacity do not depend on the method of introducing the solution into an ion exchange column (pouring or dropping). E ach of the tested ion exchange resins is characterized by a high degree of cobalt concentration after regeneration using mineral acids, which can be advantageous in selecting the recovery method for this metal.
The average grades of copper mines are dropped by extracting high grade copper ores. Based on the conducted studies in the mine field, the uncertainty of economic calculations and the insufficiency of initial information is observed. This matter has drawn considerations to processing methods which not only extracts low grade copper ores but also decreases adverse environmental impacts. In this research, an optimum cut-off grades modelis developed with the objective function of Net Present Value (NPV) maximization. The costs of the processing methods are also involved in the model. In consequence, an optimization algorithm was presented to calculate and evaluate both the maximum NPV and the optimum cut-off grades. Since the selling price of the final product has always been considered as one of the major risks in the economic calculations and designing of the mines, it was included in the modeling of the price prediction algorithm. The results of the algorithm performance demonstrated that the cost of the lost opportunity and the prediction of the selling price are regarded as two main factors directed into diminishing most of the cut-off grades in the last years of the mines’ production.
Polish brines are highly mineralized and can potentially be used for recovery of selected useful elements such as magnesium and potassium. They also contain a number of other elements, including iodine, bromine, boron, and strontium. The results of the examination of the chemical composition of groundwater from the Mesozoic formations (bromine, iodine, lithium, magnesium, and strontium content) of northern and central Poland were analyzed. The basic statistical parameters of the content of these elements (Br, I, Mg) in brines of the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous deposits and the content of lithium and strontium in waters of the entire Mesozoic formations were determined. In order to indicate aquifers that are the most suitable for the recovery of bromine, iodine, lithium, magnesium, and strontium, the relationship between concentrations and the depth of retention and dependencies between selected chemical components of these waters were analyzed. It has been found that the mineralization and concentrations of magnesium, bromine, and iodine increase with the age of aquifers, where these waters occur. Triassic waters are the most prospective for bromine and magnesium recovery among all analyzed aquifers. Furthermore, a relationship between the content of bromine, strontium, and magnesium has also been observed. The increase in the content of individual elements observed for lithium, strontium, and bromine with the increasing depth indicates a potential abundance of waters occurring at significant depths. The presented analysis is an approximation of the content of bromine, iodine, lithium, magnesium, and strontium; however, it may be the basis for further studies on the perspectives of using brines from the Mesozoic deposits of central and northern Poland as a source of chemical raw materials.
Several surface measurement methods for determining the volume of deep or layered stone exist. One of the key indicators of coal extraction efficiency in open cast mining is to determine the volume of excavated rock. Procedures for determining the volume have been used for many centuries. Determining the extracted volume or layered material has been a periodically recurring role of mine -surveying practice, and mine surveyors apply different methods for its determination. The incorrect determination of the rock volume may result in large economic losses of the mining enterprise. The choice of the method for determining the volume depends on the deadline by which the determined volume has to be submitted to the superior components or the mining enterprise management, as well as on the requirements for accuracy of the volume determination, and a financial limit beyond which this volume determination has to be done. Secondary conditions for determining the volumes include the level of personnel training in the individual procedures and methods of measuring and calculating volumes, the technical standards of the enterprise, the applied instrumentation, hardware and software. The article compares the values of the accurately defined mathematical solid (a cylindrical segment) to the methods of calculating the volume normally used in mining and surveying practice and programs commonly used to calculate volumes in order to determine the threshold value of the systematic deviation in input measurements to determine the volume. The mathematical model is the basis for determining the correct volumes of the extracted material. The surface of the drawn or layered material does not form a smooth surface as a mathematical model. The process of determining volume errors on the mathematical model has been verified on the real body of coal deposition. The comparison of the determination of the errors between the digital terrain model on the mathematical body and the real homogenization coal stock is presented at the Conclusion of the article.
Rare earth elements are characterized by the high risk of their shortage resulting from limited resources. From this reason REE constitute a group of elements of special importance for the European Union. The aim of this study was to evaluate ashes from the burning of coal in fluidized bed boilers as an potential source of REY . Twelve samples of fly ash and bottom ash taken from power plants in Poland were analyzed. Tests have shown that despite some differences in chemical composition, the fly ash and bottom ash from fluidized beds could be classified as the calsialic, low acid type. It was found that fly ashes contained more REY than bottom ashes. Among REY , the light elements (LREY ) had the highest share in the total REY content in both fly ashes and bottom ashes. Heavy elements (HREY ) had the lowest content. The normalized curves plotted for fly ash samples within almost all of their entire range were positioned above the reference level and these curves were of the L-M or H-M type. The content of the individual REY in these samples was even twice as high as in UCC . The normalized curves plotted for bottom ash samples were classified as of L, L-M or H type. They were positioned on the reference level or above it. The content of the individual REY in these samples was the same or up to about 4 times lower than in UCC. It was found that the content of critical elements and of excessive elements in fly ash and bottom ash differs, which has an effect on the value of the outlook coefficient Coutl, and which is always higher in the case of fly ash than in the case of bottom ash. Nevertheless, the computed values of the outlook coefficient Coutl allow both fly ash and bottom ash from fluidized beds to be regarded as promising REY raw materials.
Image processing techniques (band rationing, color composite, Principal Component Analyses) are widely used by many researchers to describe various mines and minerals. The primary aim of this study is to use remote sensing data to identify iron deposits and gossans located in Kaman, Kırşehir region in the central part of Anatolia, Turkey. Capability of image processing techniques is proved to be highly useful to detect iron and gossan zones. Landsat ETM+ was used to create remote sensing images with the purpose of enhancing iron and gossan detection by applying ArcMap image processing techniques. The methods used for mapping iron and gossan area are 3/1 band rationing, 3/5 : 1/3 : 5/7 color composite, third PC and PC4 : PC3 : PC2 as RG B which obtained result from Standard Principal Component Analysis and third PC which obtained result from Developed Selected Principal Component Analyses (Crosta Technique), respectively. Iron-rich or gossan zones were mapped through classification technique applied to obtained images. Iron and gossan content maps were designed as final products. These data were confirmed by field observations. It was observed that iron rich and gossan zones could be detected through remote sensing techniques to a great extent. This study shows that remote sensing techniques offer significant advantages to detect iron rich and gossan zones. It is necessary to confirm the iron deposites and gossan zones that have been detected for the time being through field observations.
This article presents the results of the study of changes in mineral and chemical composition of artificial aggregates consisting of coal shale (a hard coal mining waste) and fluidized ashes. Such an aggregate was used for road construction. After completion of the construction works but before making the road available for public use, significant deformation of the surface in the form of irregular buckling of the asphalt layer occurred. It was excluded that this resulted from mining damage, design errors or performance mistakes, among others. A study of the materials that had been incorporated in the construction layers was undertaken in order to find the component and the mechanism responsible for the buckling of the road surface. A comparison of the mineral and chemical composition of aggregate samples collected from the embankment where the road buckled with the reference sample and samples from places without deformations showed that the bumps in the road embankment consisted of minerals that were not initially present in the aggregate. Wastes produced as a result of high temperatures (slag and power plants ashes, metallurgical wastes) are not as stable in terms of chemical and phase composition in the hypergenic environment. As a result of the processes occurring in the road embankment, anhydrite, which is the primary component of fluidized ashes, was transformed into gypsum and ettringite. As a result of contact with water CaO (present in fluidized ashes) easily changed into calcium hydroxide. As the crystallization of these minerals is expansive, it resulted in the filling of pores and, in extreme cases, in a substantial increase in the volume of the aggregate and, consequently, in the deformation of the road surface.