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This, the 9th International Comminution Symposium (Comminution '14) was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof Malcolm Powell and Dr. Aubrey Mainza and was sponsored by TOMS, Starkey & Associates, King's Ceramics & Chemicals, Keramos, Polysius, FLSmidth, Magotteaux, CHEMCO Advance Material, Grintec Advanced Materials Technology, Industrie Bitossi, Eirich, Metso, Cenotec, Russell Mineral Equipment, Grinding Solutions, Outotec, CITIC Heavy Industries, DMM, First Quantum Minerals and SELFRAG. Media sponsors are International Mining, Industrial Minerals and AT International.

 

"Comminution must be the key mineral processing technology during the next 50 years." - Prof. Alban Lynch (August 2013)

 

THEMES

MEI’s Comminution conferences are established as the main events for profiling cutting edge research and innovation in all aspects of crushing, grinding and ultrafine grinding in the minerals industry. Industrially based research papers showing the benefits of basing practical application on scientific rigour, such as the industrial validation of models and control techniques were encouraged.

 

Draft papers will be published as an unrefereed Proceedings on a USB memory stick, and selected papers will be published, after peer-review, in a special Comminution issue of Minerals Engineering journal.

 

KEYNOTE LECTURES

Alan Muir, Vice President Metallurgy at AngloGold Ashanti, South Africa, presented the first keynote lecture "The next stage of evolution in comminution".

Alan grew up in Scotland where he studied metallurgy (Strathclyde) and graduated in 1981. He then joined Anglo American Gold and Uranium division and has remained in service, through various changes in the company which eventually became AngloGold Ashanti, since then. He worked at many operations in the Welkom and Carltonville areas and was the General Manager at Ergo, during the AngloGold Ashanti closure phase. He was also seconded to the Rand Refinery as Managing Director for a period prior to taking up the position of Vice President Metallurgy which he currently holds.

 

Alun Muir

As the Vice President Metallurgy, he has global responsibilities which include major project reviews, due diligence evaluations and directing the work in the Corporate Metallurgy department which involves process optimization support, setting of company standards and management of research and development activities.

Prof. Tim Napier-Munn, of the JKMRC/JKTech, presented the second keynote lecture "Is progress in energy-efficient comminution doomed?".

Tim is a mineral engineer with degrees from Imperial College, London, and Wits University, Johannesburg. He has spent his 40-year career in applied R&D for the mineral industry, working for De Beers in South Africa and for universities in England and Australia. He joined the JKMRC in 1985, becoming its Director in 1997 and inaugural MD of JKTech Pty Ltd in 2001. He retired from these two roles in 2004 and now works part-time for the JKMRC and consults through JKTech. He has given his professional development course on Statistics for Mineral Engineers over 130 times around the world and is writing a book on the subject.

 

Tim Napier-Munn

Tim’s research and consulting interests are in the modelling and simulation of mineral processes, physical processing such as dense medium separation and hydrocyclones, diamond processing, statistical methods applied to mineral processing, technology transfer and research management. He has published over 130 papers and articles, and was the editor of the JKMRC ‘Blue Book’ on comminution (1996) and the 7th Edition of Wills’ Mineral Processing Technology (2006). He is a Fellow of the AusIMM, and a recipient of the Futer Medal of the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (2009) and the AusIMM President’s Award (2011).

Dr Wolfgang Peukert, Director of The Institute of Particle Technology at the University of Erlangen, Germany, presented the third keynote lecture "A multiscale view on comminution".

Dr. Peukert is a chemical engineer with degrees from the Uuniversity of Karlsruhe, Germany. He has 7 years of industrial experience with Hosokawa both in Japan and Germany. After holding a chair for 5 years at the Technical University of Munich, he is now Director of The Institute of Particle Technology at the University of Erlangen. He is coordinator of the Erlangen Cluster of Excellence on “Engineering of Advanced Materials”, a highly interdisciplinary project with 200 researchers from 9 disciplines. Wolfgang’s research interests cover many aspects of particle technology including comminution and classification in dry and liquid phase. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed international journals and is an invited plenary and keynote speaker at many internal conferences.

 

Wolfgang Peukert

As the Vice President Metallurgy, he has global responsibilities which include major project reviews, due diligence evaluations and directing the work in the Corporate Metallurgy department which involves process optimization support, setting of company standards and management of research and development activities.

 

 

ORGANISERS

Comminution '14 was organised by MEI in consultation with Prof Malcolm Powell and Dr. Aubrey Mainza.

In 1997 Prof Malcolm Powell formed the comminution group at the University of Cape Town, following the suggestion of Prof Cyril O'Connor (director of the Mineral Processing Research Unit MPRU) - after a memorable MEI conference in Cornwall. From January 2007 Malcolm has joined the JKMRC of the University of Queensland to take up the Chair in Sustainable Comminution.

Malcolm specialises in mill liner design, charge motion and DEM modelling, SAG mill modelling, and classification, with a strong link into applying the research knowledge in extensive site work and consulting to industry. The work aims to link fundamental research into applied outputs through the development of practical and robust process models.

Malcolm Powell

Dr Aubrey Mainza graduated with a Bachelor of Science (majoring in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing) from the University of Zambia in 1998. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (specialising in the areas of comminution and classification in mineral processing) at UCT in 2006. He joined the Centre for Minerals Research as a Research Officer in 2002, then became a Senior Research Officer, and is now a Senior Lecturer in the Centre. Today Aubrey heads CMR’s Comminution research, teaches core Chemical Engineering, and participates extensively in collaborative research with international universities, mining companies, and comminution and classification equipment manufacturers.

 

Aubrey Mainza

 

PREVIOUS CONFERENCES

Read the conference reports from past Comminution conferences, and check out the technical programmes and delegate lists too:

 

TESTIMONIALS

"I’d just like to thank you and the family for putting together a very enjoyable, informative and thoroughly professional conference last week in Cape Town [Comminution '10]. Very pleased to hear we’ll be back there in two years. Once again thank you very much it was one the best run events I have attended."
Dave Capstick, Director Sales, Deswik Mining Consultants (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

"I wish to congratulate you and your "team" again for the excellence of everything at Comminution 04, and I hope I can be available again for Comminution 06."
Alain Broussaud, Metso Minerals Cisa, France

"I congratulate you for a very successful conference. Thank you very much for everything.
I met valuable colleagues which may result in lasting relationships. This Comminution 08 conference did move my career forward in a meaningful way. It was one of the most productive conferences I have ever attended."
Prof. Tarik Ozkahraman, University of Suleyman, Turkey

"It was my first visit to the Comminution conference [Comminution 08] and I would like to send you and your family my thanks and appreciation for an excellently organized meeting. I am looking forward to participating in your future meetings."
Boris Farber, Zircoa Inc., USA

"Thank you for providing a valuable comminution forum [Comminution 04] in Perth. We enjoyed being associated with this conference and the exposure it brought with it."
Sarah DeBono, Senior Process Engineer, Xstrata Technology (sponsors of Comminution 04, Comminution 06 & Comminution 08)

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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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