Activity was organized by JRCap, a company specialized in training for the mining area and with the participation of leading experts in the field. Featured experts in the area participated in the seminar “Impact of the clays in los processes metallurgical”, held at premises of the Universidad Santa María, organized by JRCap, signature of specialized training in mining, the JRI group, with which campus is at the same time developing a cooperation agreement. The meeting took as its main objective to share points of view on the matter, dealing with the challenges that it is the study and handling of these minerals step.
The activity was sponsored by the Department of metallurgical engineering and materials of the House of studies, as well as the Institute of geology economic applied (GEA) of the University of Concepción and the research center of JRI, outstanding engineering consulting mining industry with 30 years of experience, who have turned it into a reference point in the field.
When the come on, Dr. Juan Patricio Ibanez, director of the Department of metallurgical engineering and materials of the USM, welcomed attendees and expressed his pride to be sponsoring academics from the event. “This is a very interesting seminar, because it is striking that clays, which are used both for construction and for the preparation of beauty items, are so complex for the area of metallurgy”, said. “Extractive processes dealing with rich clay deposits create us a considerable problem,” he added, asserting that for this reason for the institution “is a pleasure to receive them, because the curriculum of exhibitors and audience, will try pretty hard work from the point of view of knowledge delivered to a pool of professionals like you”belonging to the most important companies of our country.”
Opening the papers was Dr. Ursula Kelm, academic of the GEA de la u. de Concepcion, with his exhibition “small minerals, great effects”. The expert explained that this “he played me summarize what is normally taught in a semester to undergraduate and graduate students. I tried to convey the essence of different clays, their reactivity, how it can be determined and in particular from which comes our knowledge. This because the mining industry has a very negative view of everything to do with clay, hinders them in all kinds of processes and they are the first minerals in be blamed for all ills.”
However, he added that for other industries “are the Foundation of its existence, as the ceramic industry, the paper industry; “nobody would distribute without its role with clay-coated, or university diplomas would deliver without its best quality coating made of clay, therefore there are industries that do not see it as an enemy, but as something positive”.
Meanwhile, Christian Hu, Superintendent of processes in the management of development Livixiacion, of the Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi, presented the paper “Some experiences in hydrometallurgical plants”, focused on his experience of 15 years in the industry and the great distance between the real world of work and what is taught at the academic level.
“In the case of clays, e.g. is there an important gap because the industry practice is based on solving problems but not understand their causes. Knowledge of the causes can mean other kinds of solutions. “There is an important issue to resolve and is task our industry, which need to be more efficient in the production, responsible for optimizing and bringing knowledge to our practices”, said.
Who also exhibited was Dr. Jorge Ipinza, Professor in the Department of metallurgical engineering and materials of the USM, and technical manager with sales of JRCap. In his presentation “Effects of clays in the flotation of copper minerals”, the expert analyzed “impacts that has had this material in the flotation of minerals, mainly associated with higher consumption of reagents, the subject of the alternatives that exist to reduce the content of these materials so that it can be processed and reach capabilities of treatment that requires a plant and also assess how to deal with critical situations when some sectors are presented in the” pit mine with higher content of clay than usual”.
Professional said that “it is extremely important that students are aware of the problems being taken at this time so that, with up-to-date knowledge in their courses, they can go to displaying new processes or improvements to those processes in such a way that they can in the near future have immediate responses to this type of situation, not like now that we are just studying how to address the issue”.
Meanwhile, Francisco Rayo, deputy general manager of JRCap, gave background information on the Alliance is forged with the USM, in which the Department of metallurgical engineering and materials would work with the expertise of its academics to the training activities carried out the company.
“The USM is among the best in the country and for us it is very important to have other rapporteurs that are different from the JRI,” emphasized the directors, underlining the fact that Sean “academic rapporteurs that are related to teaching and to investigate much. We would be delivering very up-to-date expertise to the mining industry with this partnership“.