A Review of Recent Advances in Pyrometallurgical Process Measurement and Modeling, and Their Applications to Process Improvement

Mark Laputka, Weiguo Xie

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Abstract

The pyrometallurgical industry plays a vital role in producing metals for our modern life. With growing demand of metals and declining grade of mineable ore, innovations become critical for many mining companies. It is necessary to conduct a review of recent improvements to the pyrometallurgical industry on analytical measurement techniques, process and equipment improvements, and computer-based modeling/simulations. Many of those innovations tend to be applied to wider metals, and not be restricted by a specific metal. Therefore, we tried to cover the wide applications of many improvements to wider range of metals to reflect this trend. 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 have also been outlined and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1135-1165
Number of pages31
JournalMining, Metallurgy and Exploration
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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Keywords

  • Analytical measurement techniques
  • Computer-based modeling/simulations
  • Pyrometallurgical industry
  • Smelting process and equipment

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