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Scaling laboratory results to the plant: a methodology

Conducting small scale flotation tests (either in the laboratory or pilot plant) does provide the metallurgist with an appreciation as to how a particular variable will affect the concentrate grade and/or valuable mineral recovery. However, being able to apply these results to the plant in a meaningful way is not easy.

The subject of scale-up has had a long and a somewhat despairing history.

 

By Chris Greet, Jessica Kina & Grant Small, Magotteaux Australia.

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