July 2021
Volume 73    Issue 7

A review of recent advances in pyrometallurgical process measurement and modeling, and their applications to process improvement

Laputka, Mark; Xie, Weiguo

The pyrometallurgical industry plays a vital role in producing metals for our modern life. With growing demand for metals and declining grade of mineable ore, innovations become critical for many mining companies. This has given rise to the need for a review of recent improvements to the pyrometallurgical industry in terms of analytical measurement techniques, process and equipment improvements, and computer-based modeling/simulations. Because many of these innovations tend to be applied to a wider scope of metals, not restricted to a specific metal, we studied the broad applications of many improvements to a wide range of metals. We found that the challenge of a lack of robust measurement techniques under high-temperature conditions within a furnace hinders optimization of a pyrometallurgical process. Some future opportunities in the pyrometallurgical industry on analytical measurement techniques, computer modeling, and processes and equipment were also outlined and discussed.
Full-text paper:
Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (2021) 38:1135–1165, https://doi.org/10.1007/s42461-021-00386-y


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