Rock breakage processes (comminution) of gold and copper ores typically consume between 30 and 40% of a mine’s energy.
The Comminution Energy Curves are a resource developed at the SMI-JKMRC and made available by the Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) to the mining industry to compare and benchmark comminution energy intensity at mine sites.
Assessing Comminution Energy Intensity using the Energy Curves
This course will outline the design and use of the four energy intensity metrics that combine to create the suite of energy curves, as well as introducing the recent additions such as energy cost, media wear, conveyor power and pumping power.
Corresponding case studies will be introduced to help embed the learning and empower the attendees to implement energy reducing strategies themselves.
DR Grant Ballantyne
Dr Grant Ballantyne is a senior research fellow in the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (SMI-JKMRC). His research is focused on improving energy and water efficiency by applying fundamental understanding to industrial problems. He was recently awarded the 2017 Minerals Engineering Young Person of the Year Award. He has been involved in successful site-based industry research over the past 10 years covering five continents and eight commodities. He is passionate about equipping the next generation of metallurgists with the intellectual tools they will need, through undergraduate lecturing, postgraduate supervision and professional development courses. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgy and Chemical) at UQ in 2007 and a Doctorate in Philosophy at the JKMRC in 2012.
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Advanced Mining Technology Center
University of Chile
Department of Metallurgical Engineering
University of Concepción
Avda. Tupper 2007, Edificio AMTC, Santiago, Chile
(+56) 9 8273-4222
Invitations and Visas
Foreign participants of MPES-SWEMP 2018 should obtain a visa to enter Chile, if required. Visa support will be provided for all participants and partners of the MPES-SWEMP 2018.
Visa letters are issued to delegates whose registrations have been paid.
Invitation letters are for visa purposes only and do not imply any financial commitment from the Organizers.
All expenses involved with attending the conference, including airfare, transportation, lodging, meals, insurance and entry fees, are the responsibility of the attendee.
It is the responsibility of the participant to make the visa application early. Please be prepared and find out about processing time. In general, it is recommended to apply for the Chilean visa at least 6 weeks in advance.