The Minerals business unit has extensive laboratory and piloting facilities to support our client projects including:
- Sample receipt and preparation facility
- Modern hydrometallurgical laboratories including cyanide leaching laboratory
- Autoclave laboratory – multiple materials of construction options, up to 2 L scale
- High engineering bay to house tall columns
- Dedicated solvent extraction separation facility – mixer-settler and pulsed columns
- Extensive ion exchange equipment – laboratory and pilot scale, fixed bed and RIP
- Nanofiltration / membrane equipment – laboratory and pilot scale
- Directly and indirectly heated rotary kilns – up to 100 kg/h
- Pilot plant facilities
- Demonstration plant facilities including bunded hardstand area
- Extensive sample storage area
All our facilities are ARPANSA and ASNO licensed to handle radioactive materials.
Our unit also has a dedicated suite of in-house analytical instruments to support our client projects. These analytical facilities can be operated as needed in order to meet project requirements, including 24/7 coverage during pilot plant trials. The range of analytical techniques available includes:
- Mineralogy – QEMSCAN / XRD / TEM
- Solids assay – XRF, digest ICP, LECO, TGA-DSC, DNA and NAA
- Liquor assay – XRF, ICP-MS, ICP-OES and ISE,
- α, β and γ spectrometry
A full description of our Analytical facilities and support they offer our clients is outlined below:
Our dedicated mineralogists provide specialised knowledge on the mineralogy of ores/concentrates and the wide variety of solids and residues typically generated in hydromet processes. We have well-equipped facilities that can handle a diverse range of samples, particularly those containing elevated concentrations of uranium and thorium.
ANSTO’s radioanalytical facilities are recognised internationally and the Minerals team has extensive experience in the measurement of radioactivity from a wide variety of matrices. Our primary radoianalytical techniques include gamma spectrometry, alpha spectrometry, delayed neutron activation (DNA) analysis and neutron activation analysis (NAA).