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Ore beneficiation, also known as mineral processing, is a crucial step in the mining industry. It involves the separation and concentration of valuable minerals from their ore. The primary objective is to increase the economic value of the ore by removing impurities and improving its quality. Common beneficiation techniques include:

  • Crushing and Grinding:

    • Primary Crushing: Large chunks of ore are reduced in size using jaw crushers or gyratory crushers.
    • Grinding: The crushed ore is further ground into finer particles using ball mills or other grinding equipment.

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  • Separation Techniques:

    • Gravity Separation: Utilizes the density differences between minerals to separate them. Techniques include jigging, spirals, and shaking tables.
    • Magnetic Separation: Exploits the magnetic properties of minerals. Magnetic separators are used to recover magnetic minerals.
    • Froth Flotation: Involves selective attachment of air bubbles to specific minerals, allowing their separation from the rest of the ore.

  • Leaching:

    • Chemical Leaching: Involves the use of chemicals to dissolve and extract valuable minerals. Common leaching methods include heap leaching and vat leaching.

  • Smelting:

    • High-Temperature Processing: Smelting involves the heating of ore concentrates to high temperatures to extract metals. It is commonly used for metals like copper, iron, and lead.