Development of Radiometric Methods for Exploration and Process Optimization in Mining and Mineral Industries

Open for proposals

Project Type

Coordinated Research Project

Project Code

F22065

CRP

2076

Approved Date

12 May 2015

Status

3 - Active - Ongoing

Start Date

3 July 2015

Expected End Date

2 July 2019

Participating Countries

Angola
Australia
Brazil
Chile
Cuba
Czech Republic
Ghana
India
Malaysia
Morocco
Myanmar
Norway
Pakistan
Peru
Poland
Republic of Korea
Tunisia

Description

Radiation techniques are increasingly applied and continuously evolving for exploration and efficient tapping of natural resources, by the mining, metallurgy and mineral processing industries. Such industries are present in most countries and often are the major contributors to the national economies. The CRP objectives will be the development and /or enhancement of  nuclear techniques and associated methodologies on the followings topics:Radiotracers to derive data in a simple manner from a variety of complex and closed systems. Using radiotracers provide vital information which can be gathered for optimal recovery of the desired mineral; Geophysical radiation techniques as nuclear borehole logging systems which are used for exploration purposes and new technologies have to be introduced; Nucleonic control systems being used for on-line measurements on processing lines for elemental analysis, for quality control and real-time process management. New radiotracers, miniature neutron generators and X-ray systems, user friendly software, new detectors and data acquisition systems are being developed or improved  and introduced in practice. Exploration, mining, mineral and metallurgical (E3M) industries are welcome to express their needs to be addressed and potentially solved by radiation technologies. Finding solutions to these issues is the objective of this CRP.

Objectives

The overall objective of the CRP is to facilitate further advancement and implementation of nuclear technologies in exploration, mining, mineral, and metallurgical industries. Specifically, targets to be addressed will include safety, cost, and availability of nuclear technologies, as well as knowledge transfer .Exploration, mining, mineral and metallurgical (E3M) industries are welcome to express their needs to be addressed and potentially solved by radiation technologies. Finding solutions to these issues is the objective of this CRP.

Specific objectives

Addressing new raising needs in E3M industries through the development of techniques based on neutron and X-ray generators technologies for new nucleonic control systems,

improving accuracy, efficiency, and safety in industrial processes through the development/enhancement and implementation of radiotracing techniques

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