Three dimensional analysis of particulates in mineral processing systems by cone beam X-ray microtomography

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Mines & Earth Sciences
Department Metallurgical Engineering
Creator Miller, Jan D.
Other Author Lin, C. L.
Title Three dimensional analysis of particulates in mineral processing systems by cone beam X-ray microtomography
Date 2004
Description In general, X-ray-computed tomographic (CT) techniques are capable of providing three-dimensional images of the internal structure of opaque materials in a nondestructive manner. The unique cone beam geometry allows acquisition of all two-dimensional projections with only one rotation of the sample, thus providing for fast data acquisition and better X-ray utilization, as a complete two-dimensional detector array receives the cone-shaped flux of rays. Thus, an isotropic three-dimensional volume can be reconstructed without the mechanical translation and the stacking of sequential slices, as is the case for more conventional CT scanners. In this regard, a state-of-the-art, custom designed X-ray microtomography facility to provide very detailed three-dimensional spatial analysis of packed beds of multiphase particles was installed and is in operation at the University of Utah. The reconstructed three-dimensional tomographic volume allows for spatial resolution as small as 5 [imfor sample dimensions of up to 40 mm in diameter. Utilization of this custom-designed cone-beam X-ray microtomography facility for the analysis of particulate systems in three dimensions is discussed. Applications described include coal washability analysis for the design and operation of coal-preparation plants, liberation analysis for the evaluation of grinding practice and separation efficiency, mineral exposure analysis for the prediction of the ultimate recovery from heapleaching operations, three-dimensional particle shape analysis to classify particle populations and, finally, analysis of the pore-structure network of packed particle beds for simulation of flow through such porous structures as encountered infiltration and heap leaching. The initial results from these studies demonstrate the potential utility of detailed three-dimensional microCT information for improved design and operation of mineral processing methods.
Type Text
Publisher Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
Volume 21
Issue 3
First Page 113
Last Page 124
Subject Cone beam CT; X-ray microtomography; Liberation analysis; Particle shape; Heap leaching; Exposure analysis; Coal washability
Subject LCSH Coal preparation; Tomography
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Miller, J. D., & Lin, C. L. (2004). Three dimensional analysis of particulates in mineral processing systems by cone beam X-ray microtomography. Mineral and Metallurgical Processing, 21(3), 113-124.
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