In some mining operations prior to the leaching of the ore, a process called agglomeration take place, the objective is to increase the volume of the ore, by adhering the smaller particles with the larger ones, in order to stabilize the fines that come from crushing, and get a more uniform fragments also called pellets.
Some of the benefits of the agglomeration are:
The agglomerator is a cylindrical structure located horizontally to the conveyor belts and has a slight inclination towards the discharge; this equipment is typically fed by a conveyor belt that came from the crushing circuit, on this conveyor, prior to the agglomerator lime and cement are added.
The control parameters that must be maintain for the optimal operation of an agglomerator are:
With these control parameters is possible to optimize the agglomeration process, having significant savings in reagents and improving mineral recovery, as well as the residence time in the leaching pads.
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