Thanks to our advanced analysis, a top-tier mining company gained a better understanding of the nature and abundance of amorphous mineral phases in their complex ore. This knowledge is used to make critical decisions at various stages in the minerals value chain.

The challenge

Complex mineralogy

Ore samples are often a complex mixture of crystalline and amorphous mineral phases.

Identification and quantification of the mineral phases is critical to understand the potential economics of an ore body.

The accuracy of traditional methods for determining crystalline vs amorphous mineral content can be compromised in highly complex mineral systems.

Our response

Application of advanced x-ray technology

A top-tier mining company approached us to get a better understanding of the nature and abundance of amorphous mineral phases in a complex titanium-bearing ore.

X-ray diffraction provide valuable insight on mineral ore.

We used advanced X-ray diffraction techniques to reveal the mineralogical changes that occurred as a function of temperature as amorphous material crystallised during heating.

The results

Improved understanding of the complex mineralogy of the ore

These insights improved the company's understanding of the nature and abundance of amorphous mineral phases in a complex titanium-bearing ore.

This knowledge can be used to make decisions about the potential economics of an ore body, and options for downstream processing.

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