GEOSCAN-M Use For Process Improvement in Phosphate Plants

6 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2020

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Luke A Balzan

Scantech International

Mike Kalicinski

Scantech International

Date Written: June 23, 2020

Abstract

Real-time on belt analysis of minerals is becoming increasingly important in mining operations to ensure optimal economic outcomes. Prompt gamma neutron activation analysis has long been utilised for real-time elemental analysis in bulk materials, with Scantech’s GEOSCAN being the instrument of choice in the minerals sector. The GEOSCAN has been successfully adapted to a wide range of commodities, with its use in the phosphate sector one of the fastest growing areas for use of the technology. Using data for both feedback and feedforward control has seen improvements in efficiency at the mine, at the beneficiation plant, and in the production of phosphoric acid and fertiliser products. This paper introduces the GEOSCAN for the phosphate industry, and provides a case study for its use at an example Middle Eastern plant. A series of results are provided for various applications, demonstrating the instrument’s performance, and some of the key benefits of the equipment are discussed.

Keywords: Online analysis; real-time; GEOSCAN; process control

Suggested Citation

Balzan, Luke A and Kalicinski, Mike, GEOSCAN-M Use For Process Improvement in Phosphate Plants (June 23, 2020). SYMPHOS 2019 – 5th International Symposium on Innovation & Technology in the Phosphate Industry, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3633971 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3633971

Luke A Balzan (Contact Author)

Scantech International ( email )

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Australia

Mike Kalicinski

Scantech International ( email )

143 Mooringe Ave
Camden Park, 5038
Australia

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