Organized by student workshop of metallurgical projects, the event brought together specialists in the field who addressed the reality of the copper industry in the country, and shared with future professionals who aspire to develop in the mining area. The third seminar organized by student workshop of metallurgical projects (TEPM) of the Universidad Santa Maria was called “concentration of minerals of copper”, bringing together a select group of exhibitors that from his experience fostered the emergence of innovative ideas which will be subsequently treated and developed as future projects by the members of the TEPM.
For organizers, the issue is of vital importance, on the one hand, considering that Chile is the country with the largest reserves of copper worldwide, and that, with the passing of the years, the production of fine copper is more complex due to the decrease of mineralogical laws, depth and shortage of inputs like water and energy.
During the seminar, Alexander Quaas, Director General of research and graduate of the Universidad Santa Maria, expressed with respect to this meeting that “having a generous resource territory involves significant challenges and a commitment to the environment and the improvement of processes that enable properly manage waste arising from the processes of extraction and processing of mineral”.
Luis Magne, academic of the University of Santiago of Chile, stressed in his presentation that the activity will bring to “students of different races, what is very interesting, because nowadays do not make sense if the activities are not multidisciplinary and team work is also essential in this area”. Magne said that events of this type allow the future professionals “to define all the opportunities that there are to make contributions to the semi-autogenous”.
Meanwhile, the academic and Director of the Department of chemical and environmental engineering of the USM, Henrik Hansen, talked about new technologies in the treatment of industrial liquid waste and relaves. In that regard, he referred to the impacts of the supervisor MPC-based control strategy. “Unitary grinds, achieved improvements that amounted to install one windmill. Grinding SAG, achieved improvements of approximately of the 6% increase in tonnage, low specific energy consumption. This program was considered to be paid with recovery of 1% energy and tonnage improvements “.”
For his part, Juan Patricio Ibanez, academic Department of metallurgical engineering and materials of the USM, explained the scope of the event: “our idea was that students could detect needs of the sector to the eaves of absorbed in the encounter, capturing in future projects to be developed within the University environment. Therefore, one of the topics that were discussed are the challenges of the mining category, which include the Gigantism of the machinery, the advance in flotation of minerals, waste management and the mine closure”, he concluded.