24. August 2018 – Christian Jan Heiner Wolterink Reports

Even raw materials need a roof over their heads…

…especially if they are valuable Saxon ores! These contain high proportions of sulphides, cassiterite and fluorite minerals, which contain the economically important elements indium, copper, iron, tin and fluorine.

But how can these complex ores, which are demanding in their processing, be used in an economically and ecologically efficient manner? The AFK research project for the processing of fine-grained native complex ore deposits, of which the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines (IAM) of the TU Mining Academy Freiberg is a project partner, is currently working on this question.

The aim of the project is to geo-metallurgically optimize the entire process chain – from the comminution of ores to the production of a marketable mineral concentrate – in order to develop an overall concept that can be applied to complex ores of different composition.

It won’t be too long before the wooden roofs for our two new bulk material boxes in the IAM pilot plant are completed – and of course we will report back in time on the topping out ceremony! ­čśë

  • Construction of the wooden roof for the bulk material boxes in the pilot plant of the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines (IAM) of the TU Mining Academy Freiberg processing technology AFK project
    Construction of the wooden roof for the bulk material boxes in the pilot plant of the Institute of Mineral Processing Machines (IAM); picture: Dr. Max Hesse (click to enlarge)

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