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COM 2013 Conference of Metallurgist Hosted by MS&T13
Water and Energy in Mineral Processing


The 9th UBC-McGill Symposium on Fundamentals of Mineral Processing will be organized in 2013 by the University of Alberta as part of the COM 2013. COM_2013_Water_Mineral_ProcessingThe theme will be Water and Energy in Mineral Processing. Water is a process medium in mineral processing, oil sands extraction, and coal washing. Water is also a precious commodity that is being viewed with increasing importance around the world due to continued consumption and environmental regulation. Recycling/reuse of process water is an essential step to reduce or eliminate the intake of fresh water while minimizing the disposal of process-affected water for environment protection. To this end, it is important to understand the interfacial science and interaction of process-affected water with solids in both comminution and physical-chemical separation. This symposium will cover the fundamentals of water chemistry and its role in grinding and separation for enhancing the recovery of valuable minerals and a better handling of tailings in mineral processing, oil sands extraction, and coal washing.

  • Impact of water chemistry on grinding efficiency and grinding energy
  • Chemistry of process-affected water in froth flotation
  • Interfacial phenomena of ultra-fine grinding in process-affected water
  • Challenges of mineral processing in high salinity water
  • Processing of coal and oil sands in recycle water
  • Water chemistry in tailings treatment
  • Impact of process-affected water on environment
  • Minimizing water use in physical-chemical separation.



Previous University of British Columbia-McGill University-University of Alberta Symposia:

1st Symposium - Processing of Hydrophobic Minerals and Fine Coal
Vancouver, British Columbia, August 20-24, 1995

2nd Symposium - Processing of Complex Ores
Sudbury, Ontario, August 17-19, 1997

3rd Symposium - The Use of Polymers in Mineral Processing
Quebec City, Quebec, August 22-26, 1999

4th Symposium - Interactions in Mineral Processing
Toronto, Ontario, August 26-29, 2001

5th Symposium - Particle Size Enlargement in Mineral Processing
Hamilton, Ontario, August 22-25, 2004

6th Symposium - Interfacial Phenomena in Fine Particle Technology
Montreal, Quebec, October 1-4, 2006

7th Symposium - Advances in Mineral Processing Science and Technology
Sudbury, Ontario, August 23-26, 2009

8th Symposium - Rheology and Processing of Fine Particle System
Vancouver, BC, October, 2010


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