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:: Metplant '17 Awards to Two Young JKMRC Researchers
Although MEI was a media partner for this month's Metplant '17 in Perth, unfortunately we were unable to attend which was a pity as I would have liked to have seen Dr. Grant Ballantyne, of the University of Queensland's JKMRC, receive the award for the best conference paper. Juan Jose Frausto Gonzalez, who is a JKMRC PhD candidate, received the Best Presentation award.
Juan Jose’s presentation was titled The Impact of Classification Efficiency on Comminution and Flotation Circuit Performance and was co-authored by Grant, Kym Runge, Malcolm Powell and Roman Cruz from the JKMRC and Frensillo’s Minera Saucito mine. The operation of cyclones versus fine screens in the ball milling node at Minera Saucito was presented. The implications of classifier type was presented in terms of comminution performance, mineral deportment, mineral liberation, flotation recovery, concentrator footprint and maintenance. This was the kind of comprehensive study into fine screens that has been called for by many practitioners. Juan presented this information with clarity, and succinctly, this being all the more impressive due to the fact that English is his second language.
Congratulations Grant and Juan from all at MEI, and we hope to see you in April at Comminution '18.
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