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The Computation Modelling in Minerals Processing conference was held at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. The conference was organised by Minerals Engineering International, in conjunction with Prof. Jan Cilliers from Imperial College London.

This was the first conference dedicated to all forms of computational modelling within minerals processing. This is a timely addition to the conference calendar, since the power of computers and the computation methods used have advanced to the point where they can make a real contribution to the understanding of the very complex systems encountered in minerals processing.

A total of 24 oral presentations were made over the 3 days, as well as 6 short presentations associated with posters. The conference included papers ranging from theoretical aspects of the computation approaches to the application of the various methodologies to real industrial problems.

While quite a variety of different computational approaches were highlighted over the course of the conference, the two major themes were the use of Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Discrete Element Methods (DEM). What was also encouraging was the cross over that is starting to develop between these two powerful methodologies.

The conference included the following four technical sessions (as well as a poster session):

  • Complex Flow
  • Particulate Systems
  • Moving Particle Beds
  • Mixed Model Systems

The lunch and tea breaks formed an integral part of the conference, providing not only excellent refreshments, but also allowing time for some very fruitful discussions on the issues raised in the technical sessions.

Hopefully this will be the first of many conferences in this very interesting and rapidly evolving area of study.

S. Neethling, Imperial College London, UK, s.neethling@imperial.ac.uk



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